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My Solar System


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My Solar System

In this online activity, learners build their own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, learners can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other. This activity includes an online simulation, sample learning goals, teaching ideas, and translations in over 30 languages.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 11 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Model, Simulation

Language:
Arabic, Basque, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese

Materials List (per student)


  • Computer with online access, current Macromedia Flash software, and mouse

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
      • Size and Scale
    • Earth Structure
      • Earth, Moon and Sun
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Moon
      • The Planets
      • Asteroids and Comets
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Projectile Motion
      • Newton's Laws
      • Kepler's Laws
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Dubson, Michael; Gratny, Mindy; Harlow, Danielle

Source Collection:

  • PhET Interactive Science Simulations

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, University of Colorado, ©2011

Funding Sources:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
  • Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education at King Saud University
  • O'Donnell Foundation

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