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Ch 12: Solar Radiation & Energy

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter provide a fun and quick way to help your middle-schooler learn about solar radiation and energy. The quizzes with each video help assess your student's mastery of the concepts.

Solar Radiation & Energy - Chapter Summary

These short and entertaining videos on solar radiation will help your student master the concepts behind solar energy, climate science and heat transfer. Your student will learn about the changing of the seasons and how they are related to Earth's path around the sun, and about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation. Each lesson offers a multiple-choice quiz to assess your middle-schooler's comprehension of the material.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Video Objectives
What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects Students explore seasonal changes and describe how they are affected by the sun.
What is Solar Energy? - Definition, Lesson & Quiz Here, your middle-schooler will learn about solar energy and see examples of how it works in nature.
The Solar Constant & Inverse Square Law in Weather Instructors describe the relationship between radiation intensity and and distance.
Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature Pupils discover the relationship between our sun and temperatures here on Earth.
Solar Radiation Transfer: Absorption, Reflection & Scattering Your students will learn about the greenhouse effect.
Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation Experts explain the processes of heat transfer in the atmosphere.
The Energy Transfer Process & Solar Radiation This lesson describes energy transfer and how it applies to solar radiation on Earth.
Balancing the Global Radiation Budget Here, the concept of a solar radiation budget and the criteria for balance are described.

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Solar Radiation & Energy
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.

The Solar Constant & Inverse Square Law in Weather

2. 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.

Solar Energy: Effects on Earth's Temperature

3. 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

4. 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.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

5. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

There are three main ways that heat is transferred between substances or objects. In this video lesson you'll learn about each one, and identify the differences between them.

The Energy Transfer Process & Solar Radiation

6. 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.

Balancing the Global Radiation Budget

7. Balancing the Global Radiation Budget

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what the Earth's radiation budget is and how this relates to the greenhouse effect and global warming. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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