Illuminations: Orbiting Satellites

In this lesson students explore the concept of orbits, focusing on altitude, velocity, and distance traveled.

The lesson explores the connection of Earth-orbiting satellites to the study of the environment. Both geometric and algebraic concepts are presented to students in this application of science and mathematics to a real-world situation.

 

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Science Topics
Physics, Speed & Velocity
Math Topics
Algebra & Pre-Algebra, Geometry
Middle School, Educator
6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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