University of Nebraska Astronomy Applet Project, Astronomy Education at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln
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- See http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion3/motion3_i.html to assist educator in supporting the lesson with other resources.
About the Science
- The NAAP Motions of the Sun Lab uses an animated simulator, along with student guide and background information, to enable students to manipulate variables--including time of day, day of year, and observer's latitude--to understand the apparent motion of the sun in the sky.
- Comments from expert scientist: Applications are cool, allow for some nice visualization of how an observer's view of the sun path changes and the differences between sidereal and solar time. Without a primer on the celestial coordinate system I fear a student could be a little lost.
About the Pedagogy
- Several similar NAAP labs (Basic Coordinates and Seasons Lab and The Rotating Sky Lab) precede this activity, but with sufficient student background knowledge, it can be used as a stand-alone.
- Instructor's page for this activity is at http://astro.unl.edu/naap/motion3/motion3_i.html, along with pre- and post- questionnaires.
- Very well designed and user-friendly.