Seasons on Saturn

KS3 (with support) & KS4, application of standard (right-angle) trigonometry and transformations of curves. 

This task involves students making and using measurements from Hubble Space Telescope images to determine Saturn’s orbital period and then transform the sin curve using the excel file to establish when it will next appear ‘edge-on’.  Lots of geometrical reasoning, problem solving and ICT.

Teachers notes, internet links, images, Excel file and Powerpoint animation included.

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