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ERIC Number: EJ827412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Fun and Interdisciplinary Daytime Astrophysical Activities
Aroca, S. C.; Schiel, D.; Silva, C. C.
Physics Education, v43 n6 p613-619 Nov 2008
The present article describes some activities performed with high-school students in the "Solar Physics" course developed in a Brazilian science centre. The topics of chemical composition, temperature and stellar evolution were taught in a room totally dedicated to study of the Sun, a solar room, designed with simple and inexpensive equipment. The course strongly emphasized practical, observational and enquiry-based activities, such as estimating the solar surface temperature, observation of the visible solar spectrum, identification of solar absorption lines, and understanding how they are produced and what kind of information can be extracted from the observed spectral lines. Some of the course goals were to foster the comprehension of the key role played by spectroscopy in astrophysics, to contextualize contents with practical activities, and to allow interdisciplinary approaches including modern physics and chemistry in physics teaching. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil