In this activity, students will use implicit differentiation to study the paths of satellites. Specifically, what would happen to the path of a satellite if its planet vanished? This activity will focus on the direction of that travel by calculating the slope of the tangential path.
Before the Activity
Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.
During the Activity
Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.
After the Activity
Encourage students to explore Web sites and questions from the Extensions Page.