Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating


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1. If a material is able to absorb, store and release a significant amount of heat it is said to have a high _____.

2. In what way is active solar heating better than passive solar heating?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions will test you on the characteristics and definitions of key terms related to solar heating. A few questions will give you a definition and you will have to select the correct term. Other questions will ask you about advantages of solar energy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on the following:

  • Solar energy
  • Solar heating
  • Active solar heating
  • Passive solar heating
  • Solar energy devices

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related active vs. passive solar heating lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept passive solar heating
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as active solar heating and passive solar heating
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding active and passive solar heating

Additional Learning

There is also a lesson that partners with this quiz. The lesson Solar Energy: Understanding Active and Passive Solar Heating covers the following objectives:

  • Defining solar energy
  • Exploring passive solar heating
  • Understanding thermal mass
  • Explaining active solar heating
  • Describing solar collectors and photovoltaic cells