1) List each portion of the electromagnetic spectrum 2) What are protons, and what is their relationship to the electromagnetic spectrum? 3) How are manmade radio waves produced? 4) What electronic device facilitated the use of microwave radiation? 5) How are infrared waves produced? 6) Where does ultraviolet light originate? 7) What are X-rays, and why are they called that? 8) How are gamma rays created in the universe, and how do they originate on Earth?
Explore: After gathering information about the sun’s energy, students will work in small groups to answer the following questions. If needed, students can review the websites above or other websites to clarify concepts that they do not understand.
Explain: After gathering information about the sun’s energy, students will work in small groups to brainstorm the following assignment. If needed, students can review the websites above or other websites to clarify concepts that they do not understand.
The sun contains six zones. What occurs in each of these zones, and how does the Earth respond to the energy that is emitted from the sun?
Extend: Students will view the video Star Finders to learn about neutron stars.
1) How do neutron stars form?
2) How do scientists determine if they have located a pulsating star?
3) What is a double-neutron star system?
Evaluate: Students will put together a presentation that maps out the path of energy, from its generation to the ways in which it is filtered and used by the Earth.