MS-ESS1-2: Gravity and Motions in Space
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students' school or state).
Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.
Solar system (including sun, planets, moons, and asteroids)
Milky Way galaxy (stars [e.g. sun] and their associated systems)
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. (Systems and System Models)
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