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written by Michael Fowler and Heather Welch
This web page demonstrates Kepler's Laws through a Flash simulation. The user places an object at some distance from the Sun and gives it an initial velocity to orbit the sun. Once the simulation begins, it shows the distance between the planet and the Sun, the days that have gone by, and the orbiting speed. An option is also available to show the areas swept out by the object in equal times. Both elliptical and parabolic trajectories are possible.
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- Fundamentals
= Kepler's Laws
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
= Kepler's Laws
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Kepler's Law, Planetary Motion
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Metadata instance created June 23, 2007 by Enrique Suarez
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M. Fowler and H. Welch, (2003), WWW Document, (http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/kepler6.htm).
M. Fowler and H. Welch, Planetary Motion, (2003), <http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/kepler6.htm>.
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Fowler, M., & Welch, H. (2007, June 25). Planetary Motion. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/kepler6.htm
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Fowler, Michael, and Heather Welch. Planetary Motion. June 25, 2007. http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/kepler6.htm (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Fowler, Michael, and Heather Welch. Planetary Motion. 2003. 25 June 2007. 1 Mar. 2021 <http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/flashlets/kepler6.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Fowler and Heather Welch", Title = {Planetary Motion}, Volume = {2021}, Number = {1 March 2021}, Month = {June 25, 2007}, Year = {2003} }
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