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published by the Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska
written by Kevin M. Lee
This simulation illustrates the physics of planetary orbits. The user can control the size and eccentricity of the orbit. Each of Kepler's three laws and aspects of Newton's Law are each demonstrated. The user can view velocity and acceleration vectors as well as the axes of the orbit. Instructor resources are available including student manuals, assessment materials, and a list of the assumptions used.

This is part of a collection of astronomy applets.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Kepler's Laws
- Solar System
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Position & Displacement
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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© 2002 University of Nebraska
Permission is granted to use for noncommercial purposes as long as it remains unmodified.
Keywords:
astronomy lesson plans, orbit, orbital period, planetary motion, planets, semimajor axis, semiminor axis
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Metadata instance created December 19, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated:
January 25, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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March 26, 2007
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AIP Format
K. Lee, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2002), WWW Document, (http://astro.unl.edu/naap/pos/animations/kepler.swf).
AJP/PRST-PER
K. Lee, Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Planetary Orbit Simulator, (Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2002), <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/pos/animations/kepler.swf>.
APA Format
Lee, K. (2007, March 26). Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Planetary Orbit Simulator. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska: http://astro.unl.edu/naap/pos/animations/kepler.swf
Chicago Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Planetary Orbit Simulator. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, March 26, 2007. http://astro.unl.edu/naap/pos/animations/kepler.swf (accessed 23 November 2014).
MLA Format
Lee, Kevin. Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Planetary Orbit Simulator. Lincoln: Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska, 2002. 26 Mar. 2007. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://astro.unl.edu/naap/pos/animations/kepler.swf>.
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@misc{ Author = "Kevin Lee", Title = {Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Planetary Orbit Simulator}, Publisher = {Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {23 November 2014}, Month = {March 26, 2007}, Year = {2002} }
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Is Part Of The Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project: Online Labs for Introductory Level Astronomy

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relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Kepler's Three Laws

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