Elliptical Orbits: Periods & Speeds


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What is an elliptical orbit?

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1. Which of the following orbital eccentricities is NOT an elliptical orbit?

2. In general, what are Kepler's Laws?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The elliptical orbit of a small body around a larger one can be accurately calculated. This quiz will test your understanding about what elliptical orbits are and the equations used to figure these orbits. Terms you'll be assessed on include Kepler's Law, and orbital eccentricity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on:

  • The definition of an elliptical orbit
  • Period and speed equations
  • Which orbit type is NOT elliptical

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on elliptical orbits
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve period and speed practice problems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the calculation of elliptical orbits and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Kepler's Laws and time period

Additional Learning

Get more information on elliptical orbits by reviewing the related lesson, Elliptical Orbits: Periods & Speeds. This lesson includes these objectives:

  • Learn the differences between oval, circular and parabolic orbits
  • Understand how an orbit's time period is calculated
  • Know the differences between time period and orbital velocity