Big Idea: Understanding Earth’s place in space is the first step towards a future of space exploration
Learning Goal #14: I can model the forces acting on an object in circular motion.
- What is an orbit?
- What is the difference between rotation and revolution?
- What forces cause an object to move in a circle?
- What characteristics affect the strength of gravitational force?
Learning Goal #15: I can predict the patterns of movement for Earth, the moon, and the sun.
- Why does the moon change phases, and is it predictable?
- Why do lunar eclipses happen?
- Why do solar eclipses happen?
- Why are there different seasons and climates?
Learning Goal #16: I can analyze statistical data to compare and contrast objects in our solar system.
- How big is the solar system?
- What kinds of objects are found in our solar system?
- How do we measure and represent very large distances and sizes?
- Compare and contrast the inner and outer planets.
- What features do the inner planets share?
- What features do the outer planets share?
- Where does Pluto belong in this classification system?
Learning Goal #17: I can ask thoughtful questions about galaxies and our universe.
- What is a galaxy?
- What are the main shapes of galaxies?
- What is a black hole?
- Why do we know so little about black holes?
- What is Earth’s place in the universe?