Ch 28: Solar Radiation, Energy & Electromagnetic Waves

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review what you know about solar radiation, thermal and solar energy, electromagnetic waves, the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as the laws and theories that define the properties of energy and radiation.

Solar Radiation, Energy & Electromagnetic Waves - Chapter Summary

The activities of this chapter have been compiled to aid you in your review of solar radiation, solar energy and electromagnetic waves. Start your review by watching the series of lesson videos taught by expert instructors about the theories and laws that are used to explain what we know about these forms of energy. After these videos you should have a better understanding of:

  • The necessity for energy
  • Solar radiation, thermal energy and solar energy
  • Properties of electromagnetic waves
  • Seven major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Wien's Law
  • Stefan-Boltzmann Law
  • Blackbody and Blackbody Radiation Theory
  • Inverse Square Law in weather

To fortify your comprehension of the material presented in these chapters, complete the self-assessment quizzes that accompany these lesson videos. Also use your quiz results to find out what topics you haven't fully mastered, then reinforce your understanding of these topics with video tags or the lesson transcripts. If at any time you have any questions about any of the subjects presented in this chapter, be sure to send them to our instructors for clarification.

9 Lessons in Chapter 28: Solar Radiation, Energy & Electromagnetic Waves
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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.

What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties

In this lesson, learn the basics of electromagnetic waves and how they make up the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore the major trends and categories within the spectrum, as well as the various sources of electromagnetic waves.

The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

6. The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum

This lesson will walk you through each of the major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Explore the unique characteristics of X-rays, microwaves, radio waves, UV rays, infrared, gamma rays, and of course, visible light.

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.

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