Simulating Realistic Satellite Orbits in the Undergraduate Classroom Journal Article uri icon



  • Physics students are intrigued by activities in space. To link this natural curiosity with solid problem-solving skills, we developed a spreadsheet simulation for satellites moving through an atmosphere of variable density. The simulation-laboratory has been used in U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) introductory physics classes for several semesters. Spreadsheet variants have also been used in a USAFA advanced division space physics class, a high school advanced placement physics class, and in the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling graduate summer school course.

publication date

  • October 1, 2005

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • February 3, 2014 8:42 AM

Full Author List

  • Knipp DJ; Patterson ET; Franz A; Head JH; Summers TA; Zirbel EL

author count

  • 6

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-921X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-4928

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 452

end page

  • 455


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