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Ch 30: Solar Radiation, Energy & Light

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons to refresh your understanding of solar radiation, thermal energy and solar energy.Get information on electromagnetic waves and regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Solar Radiation, Energy & Light - Chapter Summary

The lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help you brush up on your knowledge of the properties of solar radiation and solar energy as well as thermal energy. Our instructors will discuss the sources and characteristics of electromagnetic waves, and you can examine the regions on the electromagnetic system.

A later lesson looks at Wien's law and the Stefan-Boltzmann law. You'll also get information on blackbodies and blackbody radiation theory. After viewing these lessons, you should be capable of:

  • Listing some effects of solar radiation
  • Defining thermal energy
  • Describing solar energy
  • Naming sources and properties of electromagnetic waves
  • Detailing the seven major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Analyzing Wien's lawn and the Stefan-Boltzmann Law
  • Describing a blackbody and blackbody radiation theory

In these brief lessons, our instructors use examples and humor to make the subjects come alive. While you probably studied most of these topics in your high school and college science classes, some of the information will probably be brand new to you. Our format lets you take as long as you need to review each lesson, and you can study anywhere, on a computer or mobile device.

7 Lessons in Chapter 30: Solar Radiation, Energy & Light
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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?

6. 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

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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