Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide

(PS-2979)

Teacher manual for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

Insolation & the Seasons

Lab Summary

Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to measure the temperature of a solar panel positioned at different angles relative to the sun in order to determine how the earth's tilt and rotation around the sun is related to climate and the seasons.

Theory

Students determine how the earth's tilt and rotation around the sun is related to climate and the seasons. To do this they:

  • Demonstrate the affect of changes in the angle of solar insolation on solar energy delivered to a given area.
  • Connect changes tilt to seasonal temperature variations.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Constructing a solar energy collection panel and aligning it relative to the sun.
  • Measuring the relative amount of solar energy captured by monitoring temperatures of the solar panel when positioned at different angles relative to the sun.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

Advanced Water Quality Sensor

(PS-2230)

MultiMeasure sensor that incorporates pH, conductivity, temperature, and the optical dissolved oxygen probe.

Materials Used:

Black construction paper, 15 x 15 cm
Cardboard, 15 x 15 cm 
Drinking straw 
Glue, bottle 
Protractor 
Scissors 
Small Tripod Base and Rod 
Tape - 1 roll
Three-fingered clamp

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2915A)

Starter Sensor bundle designed for use with Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Solutions.

Option 2:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2916A)

Standard bundle for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide,

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.