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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
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Ground Water
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- The Domestication of Plants & Animals
- The Global Distribution & Characteristics of Soil
- Geography of Land Resources
- Human Movement & Spatial Processes
- Types of Human Settlements
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- Political Geography
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