Ellipses and Orbits

Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
Ellipses and Orbits
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A cool activity where students create ellipses using a string method to draw the ellipses. The diagrams illustrate the orbits of comets and to a smaller degree, planets. The procedure to make the ellipses is completely described and colorful elliptical diagrams can be made if different colors are used for each line. All you need are pushpins, string, and cardboard! This is a great example of math integration; students learn about ellipses and can even measure the dimensions of the ellipses that they make. A grading rubric for the diagram is included.

Also included is a simple two-dimensional model of the orbits of planets. This model can be compared to the elliptical diagram to show how the orbits of planets are not completely circular. Grading rubric provided.

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