ERIC Number: EJ1056926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Google Earth Science
Baird, William H.; Padgett, Clifford W.; Secrest, Jeffery A.
Physics Education, v50 n2 p224-231 Mar 2015
Google Earth has made a wealth of aerial imagery available online at no cost to users. We examine some of the potential uses of that data in illustrating basic physics and astronomy, such as finding the local magnetic declination, using landmarks such as the Washington Monument and Luxor Obelisk as gnomons, and showing how airport runways get their numbers. Close inspection of the images provided by Google Earth reveals that most of them are actually obtained via camera-equipped planes rather than satellites.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Astronomy, Physics, Photography, Magnets, Scientific Concepts, College Science, Measurement, Geographic Location, Satellites (Aerospace), Maps, Geographic Information Systems
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