ERIC Number: EJ1174678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Stellar Spectra to Illustrate Thermal Radiation Laws
Kaltcheva, N. T.; Pritzl, B. J.
Physics Education, v53 n3 Article 035022 May 2018
Stars are point-source emitters that are the closest to the definition of a blackbody in comparison to all other similar sources of radiation found in nature. Existing libraries on stellar spectra are thus a valuable resource that can be used to introduce the laws of thermal radiation in a classroom setting. In this article we briefly describe some of the opportunities that available databases on stellar spectra provide for students to gain a deeper understanding on thermal radiation and spectral line characteristics.
Descriptors: Radiation, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Principles, Spectroscopy, Databases, Electronic Libraries, Science Activities, Graphs, Teaching Methods, Educational Opportunities, Scientific Literacy
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Education Level: Higher Education
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