Grade Level

High School

Topics

Physics

Authors

Shannon ​Morey, Briley Lewis

Lesson Summary

This lesson conceptually explores Newton’s second law; specifically, the idea that acceleration is any change in velocity, not just speeding up or slowing down.

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

  • explain the difference between speed and velocity.
  • explain that an object in a circular or elliptical orbit is always accelerating due to the change in the direction of its motion.
  • describe how a change in force can lead to a change in acceleration.

 

 

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP6

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-PS2-1

NGSS (2013):

HS-PS2-1

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1  

Tags

Kuiper Belt Object, acceleration, eccentricity, orbit, velocity

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