Ellipses and Eccentricity Lab




Looking for a hands-on activity to reinforce the concepts of ellipses and eccentricity? Here you go!


By the end of this lab, students will be able to compare the shape of Earth’s orbit and orbits of other planets with the shape of a circle.


This lab is intended to take between 45 – 60 minutes and requires the following materials:

  • A piece of cardboard
  • 2 push pins
  • A string loop
  • Ruler
  • ESRT
  • A sharp pencil


This resource includes an answer key as well.


Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Total Pages: 12
Teaching Duration: 45 Minutes


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
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