# Gravity And Orbits

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### Topics

• Gravitational Force
• Circular Motion
• Astronomy

### Description

Move the sun, earth, moon and space station to see how it affects their gravitational forces and orbital paths. Visualize the sizes and distances between different heavenly bodies, and turn off gravity to see what would happen without it!

### Sample Learning Goals

• Describe the relationship between the Sun, Earth, Moon and space station, including orbits and positions
• Describe the size and distance between the Sun, Earth, Moon and space station
• Explain how gravity controls the motion of our solar system
• Identify the variables that affect the strength of gravity
• Predict how motion would change if gravity was stronger or weaker
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### Teacher Tips

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### Teacher-Submitted Activities

Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein HS
UG-Intro
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Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Gravity and Orbits-Vector Concept Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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MC Earth Science
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Gravity and Orbits Emily Moore, Kathy Perkins, Christine Denison, Trish Loeblein K-5
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Lab Earth Science
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Solar System NGSS aligned Debbie Brown MS Lab Earth Science
Gravity and Orbits Lesson UTeach Middle School PhET Team MS Lab Earth Science
Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS Trish Loeblein updated by Diana López HS
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Other Physics
Biology
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How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? Sarah Borenstein MS Other Earth Science
Biology
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MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer HS
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Other Chemistry
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Gravitational Force and Orbits Meg Tredinnick HS
UG-Intro
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Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
PhET Simulations Aligned for AP Physics C Roberta Tanner HS Other Physics
Gravitação Paulo Gouveia MS
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Earth Science
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Investigating the Parameters of Circular Orbits Bruce Palmquist HS
UG-Intro
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Kepler's Laws and Orbits Simon Lees HS Guided
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Physics
Astronomy
Student Guide for PhET - Gravity and Orbits Brian Libby MS
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Intro: Gravedad y Orbitas Moore, Perkins, Denison y Loeblein (traducción Diana López) K-5
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Astronomy
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SECUNDARIA: Alineación PhET con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) Diana López HS
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PREPARATORIA: Alineación de PhET con programas de la DGB México (2017) Diana López HS
UG-Intro
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PRIMARIA: Alineación con programas de la SEP México (2011 y 2017) Diana López K-5
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Preguntas de razonamiento para todas las simulaciones HTML5 Diana López HS
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Gravidade no "Gravity and Orbits (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales MS
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[tradução] Gravidade, Orbitais e leis de Kepler Amanda Santos HS Guided Physics
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Gravitação Luis Carlos HS HW
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Aplicação e verificação das Leis de Kepler e Gravitação Universal. Vinicius Rodrigues Gomes de Freitas HS
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U1 S6 L2 Ley de gravitación universal 1a parte FRANCISCO CRUZ CANTU HS Remote
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B5 GRAVEDAD Y ÓRBITAS FRANCISCO CRUZ CANTU HS Guided
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Albanian All shqip Graviteti dhe Orbitat
Arabic All العربية الجاذبية و الأفلاك
Arabic (Saudi Arabia) All العربية (السعودية) الجاذبية والمدارات
Azerbaijani All Azerbaijani Qravitasiya və Orbitlər
Basque All Euskara Grabitatea eta orbitak
Belarusian All беларускі Гравітацыя і арбіты
Bosnian All Bosanski Gravitacija i orbite
Bulgarian All български Гравитация и орбити
Chinese (Simplified) All 中文 (中国) 重力和轨道
Chinese (Traditional) All 中文 (台灣) Gravity and Orbits_重力與軌道
Croatian All hrvatski Gravitacija i orbita
Danish All Dansk Tiltrækning og kredsløb
Dutch All Nederlands Gravitatie en banen
Estonian All Eesti Gravitatsioon ja orbiidid
Finnish All suomi Painovoima ja kiertoradat
French All français Gravité et orbites
Galician All Gallegan Gravidade e Órbitas
Georgian All ქართული ორბიტები და გრავიტაცია
German All Deutsch Schwerkraft und Umlaufbahnen
Greek All Ελληνικά Βαρύτητα και Τροχιές
Gujarati All Gujarati ગુરુત્વાકર્ષણ અને ભ્રમણકક્ષા- Pankajsid34
Hebrew All עברית כבידה ומסלולים
Hungarian All magyar Tömegvonzás és keringési pályák
Indonesian All Bahasa Indonesia Gravitasi dan Orbit
Irish All Gaeilge Domhantarraingt agus Fithisí
Italian All italiano Gravità e orbite
Japanese All 日本語 重力と軌道
Kazakh All Kazakh Гравитация және орбиталар
Khmer All Khmer ទម្ងន់ និងគន្លង
Korean All 한국어 중력과 궤도
Latvian All Latviešu Gravitācija un orbītas
Lithuanian All Lietuvių Gravitacijos ir orbitos
Macedonian All македонски Гравитација и орбити
Maori All Maori Te Tō ā-papa me ngā Amio
Marathi All मराठी गुरुत्वाकर्षण आणि कक्षा
Mongolian All Монгол (Монгол) Гравитац Ба Орбит
Norwegian Bokmal All Norsk bokmål Gravitasjon og baner
Oriya All Oriya ମାଧ୍ୟାକର୍ଷଣ ଓ କକ୍ଷ
Persian All فارسی گرانش و مدار
Polish All polski Grawitacja, a orbity
Portuguese All português Gravidade e Órbitas
Portuguese (Brazil) All português (Brasil) Gravidade e Órbitas
Romanian All română Gravitatia si Orbitele
Russian All русский Гравитация и орбиты
Serbian All Српски Гравитација и орбите
Slovak All Slovenčina Gravitácia a obežná dráha
Slovenian All Slovenščina Gravitacija in tir gibanja
Spanish All español Gravedad y Órbitas
Spanish (Mexico) All español (México) Gravedad y Órbitas
Spanish (Peru) All español (Perú) Gravedad y Órbitas
Spanish (Spain) All español (España) Gravedad y órbitas
Swedish All svenska Gravitation och banor
Telugu All Telugu గురుత్వాకర్షణ మరియు కక్ష్యలు
Thai All ไทย ความโน้มถ่วงและวงโคจร
Turkish All Türkçe Yerçekimi ve Yörüngeler
Turkmen All Turkmen Grawitasiýa we orbitalar
Ukrainian All українська Гравітація і орбіти
Urdu All Urdu کششِ ثقل اور مدارِگردش (Gravity & Orbits)
Vietnamese All Tiếng Việt Lực hấp dẫn và quỹ đạo
Welsh All Welsh Disgyrchiant ac Orbitau

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