keplers laws orbital motion 3

keplers laws orbital motion 3 - Ranking Instructions: Rank...

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Astronomy Ranking Task: Kepler’s Laws – Orbital Motion Exercise #3 Description: The figure below shows a star and five orbiting planets (A – E). Note that planets A, B and C are in perfectly circular orbits. In contrast, planets D and E have more elliptical orbits. Note that the closest and farthest distances for the elliptical orbits of planets D and E happen to match the orbital distances of planets A, B, and C as shown in the figure.
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Unformatted text preview: Ranking Instructions: Rank the orbital period (from longest to shortest) of the planets. Ranking Order: Longest 1 ___ 2 ____ 3 ____ 4 ____ 5 ____ Shortest Or, the orbital periods of the planets would all be the same. ________ (indicate with check mark). Carefully explain your reasoning for ranking this way: Copyright 2005 Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team University of Arizona...
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course AST 151 taught by Professor Steven during the Spring '11 term at Guilford Tech.

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