Why Do Sunspots Occur?

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The solar cycle lasts:

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1. The splitting of a spectral line emitted by an atom into two or more separate lines due to the presence of a magnetic field:

2. Ionized gas made of freely moving positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons is technically called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your knowledge on the formation of sunspots with this interactive quiz and worksheet. You will be challenged to name parts of the solar atmosphere, characteristics of the solar cycle, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be asked to:

  • The solar cycle
  • Measuring the magnetic field
  • The solar atmosphere contains ionized atoms
  • Explain why sunspots occur

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on sunspots
  • Information recall - access the insight you've gained regarding the solar cycle
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the solar atmosphere

Additional Learning

To learn more about sunspots, review the accompanying lesson called Why Do Sunspots Occur? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the solar and sunspot cycles
  • Define what a sunspot is and detail the process of its formation
  • Explain convection and give an example
  • Define polarity
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