Energy Balance

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This Java applet simulates the energy intake of our atmosphere during the day and the loss of energy at night. Users can vary the intensity of the sun during the day. A tub of water fills up symbolically showing the energy intake of our atmosphere. At the end of the simulation students are asked to answer several questions.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Global energy balance, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Climate, Atmosphere
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Atmospheric Science, Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change