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ERIC Number: EJ873694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Studying the Physical Basis of Global Warming: Thermal Effects of the Interaction between Radiation and Matter and Greenhouse Effect
Besson, Ugo; De Ambrosis, Anna; Mascheretti, Paolo
European Journal of Physics, v31 n2 p375-388 Mar 2010
We present a teaching module dealing with the thermal effects of interaction between radiation and matter, the infrared emission of bodies and the greenhouse effect devoted to university level and teacher education. The module stresses the dependence of the optical properties of materials (transparency, absorptivity and emissivity) on radiation frequency, as a result of interaction between matter and radiation. Multiple experiences are suggested to favour a progressive construction of knowledge on the physical aspects necessary to understand the greenhouse effect and global warming. Some results obtained with university students are briefly reported. (Contains 2 tables, 9 figures, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A