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Ch 16: Solar Radiation and Energy

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to brush up on your understanding of solar energy and radiation and the principles and theories related to them. Our videos and quizzes can help you refresh your grasp of how energy and radiation are transferred.

Solar Radiation and Energy - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter look at types of energy, such as thermal and solar energy, and the principles governing them. You'll review information on the properties of electromagnetic waves and explore blackbody radiation theory.

Other lessons look at the solar constant, Earth's rotation and solar energy. Our instructors also go over the energy transfer process. When you've completed these lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Look at how kinetic and potential energy are related
  • Define solar radiation and thermal energy
  • State the properties and regions of electromagnetic waves
  • Give the particulars of Wien's Law and the Stefan-Boltzmann Law
  • Analyze the inverse square law in weather
  • Discuss the effects of the rotation and revolution of the Earth
  • Show how solar energy impacts the Earth's temperature
  • Explain absorption, reflection and scattering in the solar radiation transfer process

You can study these lessons as your schedule permits, watching on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Self-assessment quizzes follow each of the brief video lessons, letting you check your knowledge. Video tags embedded in the lessons let you locate key topics and terms in the lessons for further review. Each lesson includes a transcript that lets you read along with the narrator or quickly identify key terms.

13 Lessons in Chapter 16: Solar Radiation and Energy
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

1. What is Energy? - Definition and Significance in Nature

This lesson describes the nature of energy and how it is transferred from one source into another. Additionally, it will describe the significance of energy in natural systems.

Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

2. Kinetic Energy to Potential Energy: Relationship in Different Energy Types

This video defines and describes kinetic and potential energy. You'll learn how different types of energy can be classified as potential and kinetic. You'll also find out how kinetic and potential energy are transformed.

What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

3. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.

What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Thermal Energy? - Definition & Examples

This lesson defines and identifies examples of thermal energy everywhere from your kitchen to the Earth's core. We'll discuss geothermal energy, a renewable energy source, as well.

What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

5. What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Pros & Cons

Learn about solar energy and how charged particles from the sun travel to Earth to provide heat and light. Explore solar energy as a direct and indirect energy source and examine the pros and cons of harvesting solar energy for other uses.

Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources, Properties & Regions

6. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources, Properties & Regions

Electromagnetic waves power everything from your computer's Internet connection to your radio to atomic weapons. In this lesson, we'll look at the entire spectrum, as well as how they are formed and characteristics of each group of waves.

What Are Wien's Law & the Stefan-Boltzmann Law?

7. What Are Wien's Law & the Stefan-Boltzmann Law?

This lesson will explain why an object glows and why it changes color with temperature as we take a look at blackbodies, electromagnetic radiation, Wien's Law, and the Stefan-Boltzmann Law.

Blackbody & Blackbody Radiation Theory

8. Blackbody & Blackbody Radiation Theory

This lesson will go over the perfect absorber and emitter of radiation, something called a blackbody, as well as the concept of blackbody radiation and electromagnetic radiation.

The Solar Constant & Inverse Square Law in Weather

9. The Solar Constant & Inverse Square Law in Weather

In this lesson, we will explore the solar constant and the inverse square law as they pertain to how much energy is absorbed by Earth's atmosphere and how it affects weather and climate. You can test yourself at the end with a brief quiz.

Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

10. Effects of the Earth's Rotation & Revolution

This lesson explores the factors that influence seasons, daylight, and temperatures on our planet, including rotation and radiation. At the end, you can test your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

11. Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

In this video lesson, learn about solar energy and how it affects temperatures on Earth. You will also learn what causes changes in day length and why some parts of Earth experience seasonal differences throughout the year.

Solar Radiation Transfer: Absorption, Reflection & Scattering

12. Solar Radiation Transfer: Absorption, Reflection & Scattering

The sun constantly showers Earth with radiation. Some is absorbed, some is reflected, and some is scattered by the atmosphere. Here, we will explore what happens to this radiation and finish with a brief quiz.

The Energy Transfer Process & Solar Radiation

13. The Energy Transfer Process & Solar Radiation

Solar radiation is the reason that Earth is a hospitable planet for life. In this video lesson, you'll learn about this important energy source, as well as how energy is transferred and how this movement affects both regional and global temperatures.

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