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Elliptical Orbits—Overhead Demonstration Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6464 

Price: $29.42

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Elliptical Orbits Overhead Demonstration Kit for astronomy and space science helps illustrate the elliptical orbits of the planets. Use observations from the demonstration and perform calculations to find the orbits.

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How do planets travel around the Sun? This simple overhead apparatus helps illustrate the elliptical orbits of the planets. Students will use observations from the teacher demonstration and perform mathematical calculations to find the elliptical orbits. Easily fits on any standard overhead projector. Kit includes the overhead demonstration device, string and a set of markers. Complete with teacher instructions and detailed background section.

Concepts: Elliptical orbits, Kepler’s laws of planetary motion.
Time Required: 25 minutes


Materials Included in Kit: 
Overhead demonstration device
Overhead transparency pen, red
Rubber feet, adhesive backed, 4
Screw nut, zinc plated steel, 6-32, 5/16" w, 7/64" h, 6
Screw, zinc plated steel, flat head slotted, 6-32, 1", 3
String, thin, ball of ⅙ lb, 331 m
Washer, ¾" o.d., 2

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
HS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

Crosscutting Concepts

Stability and change
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

HS-PS2-1: Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.