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Applet: Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

Module 4: The Planets

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Using the Applet:

This applet has been designed to help students visualize Kepler's three laws.

Students will begin by viewing each of the three animations after which, they will formulate their own explanation for the three laws and will type those into the text fields provided. Once students have completed all three laws, they can use the calculator provided to test Kepler's third law with actual numbers from the Planets Data Table or the Quick Fact Data Sheets.

Students should use the print function to print a summary sheet of Kepler's Laws with the explanations they inputted.

Students are also encouraged to review the discussion of Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion.