My Solar System

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  • Motion
  • Acceleration
  • Velocity

Topics

  • Motion
  • Acceleration
  • Velocity
  • Position
  • Gravity

Description

Build your own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Predict the necessary mass, velocity, and distance from the sun of a planet in order for this planet to make a circular orbit around a sun.
  • What happens when you increase or decrease the mass of the planet, but keep everything else constant? Does this agree with your prediction?
  • What happens to the orbit of the planet when you increase or decrease the magnitude of the velocity of the planet, but keep everything else constant?
  • What happens to the planet's orbit when the increase or decrease the initial distance between the planet and the sun?
Version 2.04

Teacher-Submitted Activities

Alignment of PhET sims with NGSS This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS Other Physics
Biology
Earth Science
Chemistry
How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer HS
MS
Other Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Activity: My Solar System for APP1 Linda Detwiler HS
MS
Guided Physics
Earth Science
AP Physics Orbit Lab Dan Burns HS
UG-Intro
Lab Physics
Astronomy
Phet Solar System Simulation Lab Pauline Seales HS Lab Physics
Astronomy
Worlds of Wonder Dean Baird, Paul G. Hewitt HS
UG-Intro
Lab Mathematics
Physics
Solar System Momentum Juan Fernandez HS Lab Physics
Satellite Motion Lab Scott Goelzer HS Lab Physics
Earth Science
Things you can show with 'My Solar System' Carlo Smits K-5
MS
CQs
Demo
Astronomy
Earth Science
AP Physics Gravity Lab Michael F. Gallo HS Lab Physics
Universal Gravitation Sarah Stanhope HS
UG-Intro
Lab
Gravity Lab Dan Burns MS
HS
Lab Astronomy
Earth Science
Physics
Gravity and Planetary Orbits Lab Patrick Harmon HS Lab Physics
How does the mass and velocity of a satellite affect the orbit? Carlton Rink HS Lab Physics
Astronomy
Trip to Mars Elizabeth Praton UG-Intro Lab Astronomy
Modeling a planetary system Mark Kelly HS Lab Astronomy
Orbits--effects of mass and distance Chris Cochran MS Lab
HW
Exploring Gravitation David Simmons HS Lab Physics
Lecture Demonstrations and Reviews the SIMS, My Solar System Nancy Spletzer HS CQs Other

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Design Team Third-party Libraries Thanks To
  • Michael Dubson (developer/lead)
  • Interviewer: Mindy Gratny
  • Interviewer: Danielle Harlow