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Gravity and Objects

Published on 01/10/2014

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will investigate relationships among distance, mass, and gravity and explore gravitational forces between planets and the Sun.

Objectives

  • Students will investigate and discover relationships among distance, mass, and gravity.
  • Students will explore how the distance of each planet from the Sun as well as the mass of each planet affects the gravitational force between the planet and the Sun.

Vocabulary

  • law of universal gravitation
  • inverse square law
  • revolve
  • astronomical unit

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will investigate relationships among distance, mass, and gravity and explore gravitational forces between planets and the Sun.

 As a result, students will:

  • Understand how the distance between two objects is related to the force of gravity between them.
  • Determine whether mass or distance has a greater effect on the gravity between two objects.

 This activity was created using Lua. Learn more about Lua in TI-Nspire here