Jan 05, 2004 by Information Technology Editorial Board
A supplemental resource to be used to explain the function of satellites. This is basically a teaching Web site that explains the satellite orbit model, with exercises for the students to do to illustrate how satellites work.
The major learning goal is that the students will be able to explain how a satellite works.
Target Student Population:
The students who would use this site would be college level students, who are studying either engineering or some type of networking course as well as some honor high school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
The site is a tutorial.
Site could be used with instructor assistance as a supplement to classroom activities.The questions posed during the lesson can be used in class and the demonstration described on the site would be good to be used during class. The answers to the questions are given at the end of the web site. This would not necessarily be a good site for students to use on their own.
To use the web site effectively, the instructor needs to have access to the materials listed on the site to demonstrate the way the satellite moves.
Evaluation and Observation
A very good site, with Some calculations are given as a backup of the explanation given through out the site (mathematical reasons behind how satellites stay in orbit).
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
I don't believe this is intended to be used by students, but rather by an instructor. If used this way, it would be very effective for the instructor to use the instructions and examples illustrated to show the class how the physics of satellites works. Could be easily incorporated into a classroom discussion.
Not for use exclusively by students, unless given to them as something to demonstrate in class.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use.
Other Issues and Comments:
I really like the additional sites listed at the bottom of the original site that gives the instructor other places to go to explain other aspects of the use of satellites.