Blackbody radiation and greenhouse effect
Clarkson University Potsdam NY
Type: Integrated unit with five separate interactive computer-based activities.
Length 3-4 45 minute periods
Content Area/Course: Earth science, Physics, and Chemistry
Targeted Grade Level: 8-12 (adaptable)
Prerequisite Knowledge/Skills: General internet navigation: basic understanding of atmospheric science
Technology/web resources: Internet access, Java-enabled
Thinking skill development: Comprehension, synthesis, evaluation
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Students will use graphical tools to understand blackbody radiation, identify different spectrum ranges, learn about the interaction of atmospheric gases with radiation of different wavelengths, and recognize the relationship between greenhouse gases and global average temperature. This unit provides a foundational understanding of the greenhouse effect and its role in controlling Earth’s temperature.
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