Solar Angles and Tracking Systems

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The sun will continue to rise in the east and set in the west, no matter what. The first lesson in a series of eight introduces the class to solar angles. It makes connections between a person's latitude and the angle of position of the sun. Pupils learn that a photovoltaic panel's efficiency is improved if the panel is capable of tracking the sun.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Determine the angle of the position of the sun at your location on the equinox, summer solstice, and winter solstice
  • Have the pupils draw the summer angle diagram and label the angles with the correct terminology
Classroom Considerations

  • The handout contains the same information that is in the lesson background and concepts for teachers
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  • The resource contains lesson extension activities
  • Includes a vocabulary list pertinent to the lesson
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