|An Overview of Solar Radiation|
This activity introduces students to the basic laws of radiation that apply to the sun-Earth-atmosphere system, the Stefan-Boltzmann Law and Wien's Displacement Law. In the first part of the activity , they will use these laws to calculate the average irradiance of the sun and its total emitted power, as well as the wavelength of peak emission of sunlight and the earth's irradiance at a ground temperatue of 0 degrees C. In the second part, they will use the solar constant to calculate the radiative energy at the top of the Earth's atmosphere for radiation recieved at a number of selected angles.
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Type of resource:
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Cost / Copyright:
Copyright 2005 Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-746
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Oklahoma Climatological Survey
EarthStorm Educational Outreach
Contact: Andrea Melvin
Oklahoma Climatological Survey