Grade Level

High School

Topics

Physics

Authors

Shannon ​Morey, Nathan Sanders

Lesson Summary

The purpose of this lesson is to have students apply Newton’s third law of motion and conservation of momentum to planetary systems. Students will learn about how scientists can use the wobble of stars to find exoplanets.

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  • apply Newton’s third law of motion and conservation of momentum to describe the motion of planetary systems.
  • describe how scientists use the wobble of stars to detect exoplanets.

 

 

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP5

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-PS2-10(MA), HS-PS2-3

NGSS (2013):

HS-PS2-2

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

 

Tags

conservation of momentum, exoplanet

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