ERIC Number: EJ1024954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
Quadrant to Measure the Sun's Altitude
Windsor, A Morgan, Jr.
Physics Teacher, v51 n7 p420-421 Oct 2013
The changing altitude of the Sun (either over the course of a day or longer periods) is a phenomenon that students do not normally appreciate. However, the altitude of the Sun affects many topics in disciplines as diverse as astronomy, meteorology, navigation, or horology, such as the basis for seasons, determination of latitude and longitude, or the determination of local apparent noon. Being familiar with the motion of the Sun is important for students' understanding of these different subjects. To be able to concretely understand the Sun's altitude, a hands-on approach is necessary, because actually making observations will stay with a student much longer than reading or hearing about it.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Physics, Motion, Astronomy, Meteorology, Measurement
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