Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Curriculum Corner, Circular Motion and Gravitation

Get students active and thinking with our free Think Sheets from the Curriclum Corner section of our website. The following Think Sheet is a good fit to this video (and particularly to the next one ini our series):

Satellite Motion

Teacher Toolkits, Satellite Motion 

Try a Teacher Toolkit ... you might be very glad that you did. Each toolkit includes annotated links to vetted resources from across the web that we feel reliably support the specific topic. This one on satellite motion includes resources applicable to a unit or portion of a unit on satellite motion.

Minds On Physics, Circular Motion and Gravitation Module, Mission CG8: Satellite Motion

This interactive question mission from our Minds On Physics program will test students' understanding (and possibly, their patience). If they stick with it, anduse the Help button, they will likely come out on the other side with a stronger understanding of satellite motion.

Physics Interactives, Orbital Motion Simulation

Often times, the best way to learn is to play. And at our site, that means a trip to our simulation pages at The Physics Interactives section. This simulation allows students to change the eccentricity and view the orbital path and the velocity and force vectors along the path. It comes with a classroom-ready, student-friendly activity sheet to use with your lesson.

Physics Classroom Tutorial, Circular and Satellite Motion Chapter, Circular Motion Principles for Satellites

This tutorial page is as close to the written version of our Tutorial that you can find. It's a great reference when students need one. Consider placing a link to the page on your course space.