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Detecting Planet Transits

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Short Description: Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

Topic: Discovering New Worlds

Grade Level: 5-8

Body: Beyond Our Solar System

Mission: Astrophysics Missions (Beyond Our Solar System)

Science Education Standards:

Benchmarks

By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that

  • Changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces. 4F/E1a
  • The greater the force is, the greater the change in motion will be. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have. 4F/E1bc

By the end of 8th grade, students should know that

  • An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both. 4F/M3a
  • If a force acts towards a single center, the object's path may curve into an orbit around the center. 4F/M3b

National Science Education Standards

Grades 5-8
PHYSICAL SCIENCE -- CONTENT STANDARD B
Motions and Forces

  • The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion and speed. That motion can be measured and represented on a graph.
  • An object that is not being subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed and in a straight line.
  • If more than one force acts on an object along a straight line, then the forces will reinforce or cancel one another, depending on their direction and magnitude. Unbalanced forces will cause changes in the speed or direction of an object's motion.

Source: NASA Education


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