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Planet Kepler-10b: A Matter of Gravity
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope (Beyond Our Solar System)

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Short Description: Students use the measured properties of the Earth-like planet Kepler 10b such as its size and density, and by solving Newton's formula for gravity, they determine the weight of a 100 kilogram human standing on the planet's surface.

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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Practices:

  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 4-Systems and system models
  • 5-Energy and matter: flows, cycles and conversation

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Credit: SpaceMath@NASA


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Last Updated: 20 Aug 2014