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written by Martin Hackworth
This lab asks students to create a mini solar system to scale, to be able to explain terms associated with orbits, and to demonstrate an understanding of Kepler's laws.

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- Fundamentals
= Celestial Mechanics
= Kepler's Laws
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Laboratory
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© 1997 Martin Hackworth, University of Idaho
astronomy, kepler's laws, orbits, planetary motion, planets, scale
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Hackworth, Martin. The Solar System. 1997. (accessed 12 June 2024).
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