A brief description of the concepts is provided in each box. Many questions utilize charts, diagrams, photographs and data included in the module. In most questions students are expected to reach conclusions based on the figures and data.

Graphic from Module. Click for Larger View. Planetary Science (ATPI)
Investigation #16 - Planetary Properties
  • Revolution and rotation concepts using planets, the Sun and satellite orbits
  • Properties of elliptical orbits including construction of an ellipse using 2 pins and a string
  • Kepler's 2nd and 3rd law using diagrams
  • Conceptual applications of the Law of Gravitation
  • Applications of escape velocity to atmospheres
  • Planetary surface temperature including the greenhouse effect
  • Oblateness
  • Planetary properties table including comparative questions
Other Planetary Science Modules:
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