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This simulation illustrates the physics of planetary orbits. The user can control the size and orbital path of the orbit. Each of Kepler's three laws and aspects of Newton's Law are each demonstrated. Velocity and acceleration vectors can be displayed, as well as the axes of the orbit. Instructor resources are available including student manuals, assessment materials, and a list of the assumptions used. This resource is part of a larger collection of online labs for introductory astronomy.See Related Materials for a link to the full collection.
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