Grade LevelHigh School
AuthorsNathan Sanders, Kristen L. Cacciatore
This lesson has students use their understanding of Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation and Third Law of Motion to characterize forces occurring in deep space while they learn about cutting-edge astronomy research on planetary winds.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- calculate gravitational forces using the Law of Universal Gravitation.
- apply Newton’s third law to a novel astronomical context.
- describe current research in astronomy on planetary winds.
- describe techniques scientists use to learn about phenomena occurring in outer space.
Science and Engineering Practices:SP2, SP5
MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):HS-PS3-3
Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1
TagsNewton's Laws, Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation, Newton’s third law of motion, atmospheric wind, escape velocity, exoplanet, gravity, planetary wind, stellar wind
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