Time: Approximately 50 minutes
Materials: Online access, paper and pencils, calculators, printed Student Directions and Student Worksheets, if desired
Prerequisites: The student should be able to use a calculator and scientific notation, have an understanding of circular motion, of Newton’s Laws of Motion, and of Gravity.
Implementation: This RWLO can be used as an in class exercise if online access is available, or as a homework assignment. This exercise is relevant to the topics of Newtons Law of Universal Gravitation, circular motion, and the difference between weight and mass.
The instructor should thoroughly familiarize himself or herself with the J-Track 3D windows that provide the satellite data, and the steps in
acquiring the on-line dry mass of satellites from the NSSDC Master Catalog prior to beginning this exercise.
The exercise has students fill out and complete a worksheet, the instructor will need to print enough copies for his or her students, and familiarize themselves with the calculations.