Orbital Motion

The Orbital Motion Interactive is simulates the elliptical motion of a satellite around a central body. The eccentricity of the orbit can be altered. Velocity and force vectors are shown as the satellite orbits. 

Launch Interactive


Users are encouraged to open the Interactive and explore. Or if desired, The Physics Classroom has prepared an activity for a more directed experience. The activity was designed with the intent of being used by classroom teachers with their classes.



Learners and Instructors may also be interested in viewing the accompanying Notes page. Technical information, teaching suggestions, and related resources that complement this Interactive are provided on the Notes page. View Notes.





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