Examine the characteristics of orbits - shape, speed, etc. - using orbital simulators or the animations from the textbook support site.
Please discuss in your team, how these simulators can help your students understand Kepler's Laws and address the following questions:
A. First simulator: The Law of Ellipses:
B. Second simulator: The Law of Areas:
C. Third simulator: Harmonic Law:
In Earth-orbit, there's no ground to push against to accelerate (like a car). Instead, we have to deal with energy (kinetic and potential: total energy and the balance between the two kinds).
TURN IN - Individually, answer the questions above.
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