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ERIC Number: EJ892023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
March of the Planets
Thompson, Bruce
Physics Teacher, v45 n6 p369-371 Sep 2007
The motion of the planets in their orbits can be demonstrated to students by using planetarium software programs. These allow time to be sped up so that the relative motions are readily observed. However, it is also valuable to have the students understand the real speed of the planets in their orbits. This paper describes an exercise that gives students a good understanding of real-time motions and then allows other questions to be asked to encourage further understanding of planetary geometry and motion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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