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Laboratory Activity: The Sun and Climate
Peter Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma
In this physical geography lab, students examine the relationship between solar altitude, solar declination, and temperature regimes. Using data collected in the field, mathematical relationships, and temperature records available on the Internet, students compare the insolation and climate in their location to that of other locations.
The Earth's Heat Budget
Roy Plotnick, University of Illinois at Chicago
Hands-on laboratory activity that allows students to investigate the effects of distance and angle on the input of solar radiation at the Earth's surface; the role played by albedo; and the heat capacity of ...
Runaway Greenhouse Effect Exercise
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This site has a collection of role-playing exercises that provide the students with equations and data to use in collaborative problem-solving. -
Sun Path: Interactive On-line Mac or PC
Sun Path JAVA applet written by the Australia National University. Starting Point example and page by R.M. MacKay.
Students use SunPath in the yearly mode to investigate seasonal changes in sunrise, sunset, length of day and sun altitude at their own latitude. JAVA activity for Mac or PC. -
Reflection and Absorption of Light
Bob Mackay, Clark College
Students use a microcomputer connected to a light sensor and temperature probe to explore the reflection and absorption of light. -
Formation of the solar system
Lensyl Urbano, University of Memphis
This assignment or demonstration works really well for me in describing the formation of the solar system, the shapes and changes in planetary orbits, and introduces Milankovitch cycles.