Modeling Gravity Simulation
Use a computer simulation to observe how gravity is responsible for the motions within our Solar System. By modifying the distance between objects and the mass of objects, students are able to observe how these variables affect the orbital periods of planets in our Solar System. Extending this concept, students are able to calculate the mass of the Sun. Students are then asked to develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and solar systems.