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  • 30 - 45m
  • 102
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  1. English

Lesson Description

From the blue planet we live on to the rocky red planet of Mars and beyond to the gas and ice giants in the outer reaches of the Universe, the planets of our Solar System differ greatly in mass, size, and composition. In this lesson, you'll unlock the secrets of Solar System formation through simulations and real-world data.

Central Question

How did the Solar System form and what effect did it have on the formation of Earth and the other planets?

Instructional Objective

Explain how condensation temperatures of the elements influence the properties of the planets in our Solar System.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Determine the relationship between distance from the Sun and condensation temperature in the early Solar System
  2. Apply the relationship between distance from the Sun and condensation temperature to determine the composition of planets at a variety of distances from the Sun.
  3. Identify the location of the frost line and its relationship to planetary composition.
  4. Explain why giant planets could be found inside the frost line of a sample exoplanetary system.


  • Gravity 
  • Density 
  • Condensation 
  • Solar System Arrangement

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