Labs from Chicago - Fall, 1993 - Satellites.

Here are most of the labs and lesson plans used by Dr. Jim Sweitzer for a class on satellites during the Fall Quarter 1993.

Important Disclaimers and Caveats


Technically, some of the classes overlapped into 1994, through the Yerkes Winter Institute (1993), but they're all presented here for completeness. The classes below are presented in chronological order. This was part of the CARA Amateur Radio program.
Class introduction and syllabus.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
The general introductions, due dates, etc.

Uniform Circular Motion.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn about Uniform Circular Motion and the orbits of satellites.

Kepler's First Law.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn about D^3 = P^2, Kepler's first law.

What Keeps a Satellite Up?
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn why satellites don't just fall back to Earth.

Satellite Footprints.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn what a satellite "footprint" is and how to determine its size.

Keeping a Date with a Satellite
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)

Doppler Effect and Satellites.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn about the Doppler shift and we figure out the speed of light.

Packet Radio.
(written by Dr. Jim Sweitzer)
We learn how packet radio works and how computers communicate, and even try to talk like a computer.