Ellipses and Eccentricity Presentation & Notes
This presentation focuses on Ellipses, Eccentricity and Kepler’s Laws. Students investigate the following essential question, “How do we describe the shape of our revolutionary orbit?”
Students are introduced to the following terms and concepts: Johannes Kepler, gravity, Kepler’s First, Second & Third Laws, ellipses, perihelion, aphelion, orbit, eccentricity, eccentricity formula, etc. Stimulating visuals are included to help clarify these often abstract concepts.
The presentation is estimated to take approximately 25 minutes of class time and includes practice questions (and answers) for students to work on individually or in small groups. Guided notes are included for students to fill in while listening to and following along with the presentation.
Grade Levels: 8th – 11th
Total Pages: 22
Teaching Duration: 30 Minutes
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