Study Plan

Learning Goals

By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the formation and orbits of regular and irregular moons.
  2. Discuss the evidence that some moons might harbor deep liquid oceans beneath their ice-covered surfaces and explain how these oceans have significance in the search for life.
  3. Describe the origin and general structure of the rings of the giant planets.
  4. Explain the role gravity plays in the structure of the rings and the behavior of ring particles.

Prepare and Assess


    1. Planetary Orbit Simulator
      Models the motion of a hypothetical planet/moon that orbits the Sun/planet according to Kepler’s Laws of motion. This simulator includes controls for investigating each of Kepler’s Laws.

Reassess and Apply

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