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The Pleiades
This lesson examines the idea of periodic behavior and how it is determined from a set of data. The students will examine this concept through a hands-on lab that involves a simple, student-made pendulum which is followed up with critical thinking and performance assessment style questions. Students will also analyze data received from high-energy satellites of various binary star systems' orbital periods or stellar rotation periods.

A Lesson Plan by:

Kara C. Granger
Maria Carillo High School
Santa Rosa, CA

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