What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects


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Low-frequency waves have a _____ wavelength, while high-frequency waves have a _____ wavelength.

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1. Which parts of the electromagnetic spectrum can we see?

2. Which has the greatest effect on Earth's seasons?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Solar radiation has a very simple definition: it's sunlight! This quiz and worksheet will help make sure you understand the nuances of solar radiation. Some terms you will be reviewing include electromagnetic spectrum, low-frequency light waves, and high-frequency light waves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this test, you will be assessed on the:

  • Attributes of low- and high-frequency light waves
  • Parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Effects of solar radiation on Earth's seasons
  • Forms of light

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the effects of solar radiation
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the different effects of solar radiation when it hits Earth at different angles and then interpret the information correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as solar radiation, electromagnetic spectrum and light waves
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as types of low-frequency light waves and high-frequency light waves

Additional Learning

To learn more about the effects of solar radiation, review the accompanying lesson What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define solar radiation and electromagnetic spectrum
  • Differentiate between types of low-frequency light waves and high-frequency light waves
  • Know which types of light waves are safe (or dangerous) for humans
  • Understand where visible light falls on the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Understand how the angle at which solar radiation hits the Earth affects the temperature of the planet