How Orbits Are Influenced by Gravity & Energy


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At perihelion:

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1. At aphelion:

2. Stored energy subject to gravitational attraction by another body is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can help assess your knowledge of energy and gravity principles. Topics you will need to be familiar with in order to pass the quiz include aphelion and perihelion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to review:

  • The definition of aphelion
  • Properties of gravitational potential energy
  • A planet's orbit
  • Perihelion

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet combo can help you practice these skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding a planet's orbit
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve gravity and energy practice problems
  • Distinguishing key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as perihelion and aphelion

Additional Learning

To learn more about energy and gravity in relation to orbits, review the lesson How Orbits Are Influenced by Gravity & Energy. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Compare and contrast aphelion and perihelion
  • Determine properties of kinetic and potential energy
  • Define gravitational potential energy