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Tropical Twisters explains how hurricanes are created, why they move, and the damage they can do. There is information on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale to rate intensity and destructive power; the wind, storm surge and flood damage due to hurricanes; how scientists use the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission to understand hurricane rainfall; and the Geostationary and Operational Environmental ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Video, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards, Physical oceanography
 
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Hands-On Meteorology is a collection of interactive concept models and active learning materials for meteorology instruction. The concept models illustrate conceptually difficult processes in atmospheric science. Users change parameters in the concept models and examine the outcomes of such changes. Concept models allow for student note keeping and data export. Active learning exercises are provided ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physics
 
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This lesson plan serves as an introduction to the ecliptic, the zodiac and the apparent motions of the Sun, Moon and planets across the sky. The objectives are to help the student know about the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon and planets across the sphere of fixed stars (celestial sphere) and understand that the reason all of these objects travel along very similar paths is that the solar system ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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This resource explains how to calculate the velocity boost needed to inject a Mars spaceship into the transfer orbit, and the arrival velocity at the orbit of Mars. One will be able to tell if the spaceship will be overtaking the planet or be overtaken by it and what the velocity mismatch between ship and planet will be. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mathematics, Physics, Space science
 
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This site describes the planetary swing-by or slingshot effect of boosting the energy of a space vehicle using a close encounter with a planet or other body. The author uses an analogy of a ping-pong ball and paddle to simplify the math involved and goes on to cite several examples of the planetary swing-by, including the Voyager and Pioneer missions. He then explains how these gravity assist maneuvers ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This document describes the nature and properties of the sun, its corona, and the solar wind. Students can read how the sun's energy comes from nuclear fusion and how its uneven rotation and churning of its upper layers produces sunspots. The sun's corona is described, and its anomalously high temperature when compared with deeper regions is pointed out. The site also describes how plasma from the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This lesson teaches students how the motion of the Foucault pendulum proves that the earth is rotating. It will help to expand their concepts of motion, pendulums, and the gravitational force. Students will explore online resources to understand how Foucault used pendulums to show that the earth spins on its axis. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics
 
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In this activity students experiment with the relationship between pressure, force, and area by calculating the force and pressure exerted by a LC-130 aircraft on the ice runway in McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. The LC-130 is a four-engine turboprop transport aircraft used by the United States Antarctic Program for cargo and personnel transport between New Zealand and McMurdo Station and between ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physics
 
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This activity introduces students to the properties of electromagnetic radiation in a variety of ways. For example, they put the different types of the electromagnetic radiation on trial, selecting the judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, and jury, and learning about electromagnetic energy by arguing the pros and cons of each wavelength. During this activity, students are introduced to the general ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Environmental science, History and philosophy of science, Physics
 
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This text belies the folk wisdom that water twirls down the toilet clockwise due to the Coriolis force. It even explains that the Coriolis force is not a true force after all and merely an effect. A unique explanation of the Coriolis Effect on large masses of moving air over the surface of the Earth and, by extension, ocean currents is provided. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Physical oceanography, Physics
 
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