HS-ESS1-4: Orbital Motions

Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system.

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on Newtonian gravitational laws governing orbital motions, which apply to human-made satellites as well as planets and moons.

Assessment Boundary: Mathematical representations for the gravitational attraction of bodies and Kepler’s Laws of orbital motions should not deal with more than two bodies, nor involve calculus.




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Vocabulary

Orbital motion
Objects (e.g. planets, moons, spacecraft)
Kepler’s Laws
 - First (e = f/d)
 - Second (equal area in equal time)
 - Third (𝑇^2 ∝ 𝑅^3)
Solar system

Use mathematical or computational representations to predict the motion of orbiting objects in the solar system. (Scale, Proportion, and Quantity)


Learning Plans


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