Summary of Gravity & Forces

Type of Resource



The goal of the Gravity & Forces virtual lab is to allow students to investigate how a planet’s mass and orbital distance impact the force of gravity. Students conduct experiments to understand and confront misconceptions aound Newton’s Law of Gravitation. Students will inquire about the relationship between a planet’s mass and orbital distance when gold is moved via a space shuttle to planets of different masses and at different orbital distances.

Performance Expectations

HS-PS2-4   Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.