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ERIC Number: EJ931206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Introduction to Solar Motion Geometry on the Basis of a Simple Model
Khavrus, Vyacheslav; Shelevytsky, Ihor
Physics Education, v45 n6 p641-653 Nov 2010
By means of a simple mathematical model developed by the authors, the apparent movement of the Sun can be studied for arbitrary latitudes. Using this model, it is easy to gain insight into various phenomena, such as the passage of the seasons, dependences of position and time of sunrise or sunset on a specific day of year, day duration for different latitudes and seasons, and time dependence of the solar altitude reckoned from the horizontal plane. We present simulations of the Sun path alongside animated data. We show that the model adopted can also be used to explain the principle of a horizontal sundial and to determine shadow areas. We give recommendations as regards how to build energy-effective houses and how to optimize solar cell positions. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Ukraine