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Subject/Content Area: Physics

Target Audience: This project primarily targets grades 9-12. The relevant curricular guidelines include the Center of Mass, the Doppler Shift, Universal Gravitation, Kepler's Laws, Orbital Velocity, Conservation of Momentum, and offers the potential to integrate this project with a study of the emission of light by which the Doppler Shift is measured. Skills that are required include a basic background in the language of science and the ability to perform independent research (including searching with the Internet), evaluate obtained information and apply that information to their own learning while being responsible for that learning. Students also need to gather information, interact with other learners and experts such as scientists, perform analysis of information, and analyze data and develop conclusions from actual extrasolar data applying the basic concepts of physics mentioned above.

Project Goals: The project will involve engaged learning. The project directs learning toward the problem while extending student learning during the application of researched knowledge to actual extrasolar data. Students will post their project on the Web. This Web page will summarize their research and will include their well substantiated conclusion and information summary.

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Alignment with National Standards and State Goals:

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Assessment of Students: Students will be assessed with rubrics for their information summary, their lab design, their conclusions and Web posting, their presentation and will be summarized on a student information sheet which also includes observations of students which will include things like group work and interactions with experts and other schools. Each rubric will be assessed at three leves. The first level will be the group assessing itself, the second level will be another group assessing the group's work and the third level will be an assessment by the teacher.

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Author: Brian K. Wegley from Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL.
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 9, 1997