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How Does the Earth Cool Itself Off?

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Where does all the heat go when the sun goes down? An interesting lesson has learners explore this question by monitoring the infrared radiation emitted over time. They learn that hot spots cool more quickly that cooler spots.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson with a discussion of solar radiation
  • Create a graphic organizer to record the different types of energy
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials and time for set up
  • Includes detailed instructions for running the experiment
  • Provides an option for both a qualitative and quantitative approach
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