Tidal Forces & Heat Transfer on Jovian Satellites


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The heating of a celestial body, such as a satellite, when the shape of the body changes thanks to tidal forces is known as:

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1. The two most important heat transfer processes involved in influencing the temperature of a satellite are:

2. Tidal heating depends on a moon maintaining an eccentric enough orbit around it parent planet, something that occurs thanks to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Several interacting forces are responsible for generating heat within Jovian satellites. This quiz will test your understanding of the forces involved in warming these moons. Terms you'll be assessed on include tidal heating, orbital resonance, and heat transfer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on

  • Types of moons most likely to be affected by tidal heating
  • The importance of an eccentric orbit in creating heat within a moon
  • Two important heat transfer processes influencing satellite temperature

Skills Practiced

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

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on heating Jupiter's satellites
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as tidal heating
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the various heat transfer processes

Additional Learning

To learn more about how the moons of Jupiter are heated, review the accompanying lesson Tidal Forces & Heat Transfer on Jovian Satellites. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how a moon can be heated by tidal forces
  • Understand how orbital resonance contributes to tidal heating
  • Know the differences between the different heat transfer processes