Light & Optics
Tutorial: Star Spectra Science
Use colored buttons and balloons to analyze star color, black body radiation curves, and luminosity of astronomical objects. This activity is appropriate for high school and university introductory physics and astronomy courses. It can be adapted for use in middle school.
Tutorial: Determining the Atmospheric Composition of Exoplanets
Use spectral patterns of exoplanets' atmospheres to acquire information about atmospheric composition, as well as what other variables scientists consider when looking for planets that might support life. This activity is appropriate for high school and university introductory physics and astronomy courses.
Tutorial: Habitable Zone Planets
Determine the various factors that influence the average surface temperature of a planet using principles of blackbody radiation, equilibrium, albedo, and greenhouse gases. This activity is appropriate for university introductory physics.