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Resources for Teachers

Pre-Service Teacher Ed & Intro Astronomy

Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Velocity of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) [DRAFTS]
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Use this student worksheet, images of today's sun, and historical sunspot data to estimate the period and frequency of sunspots, identify solar maxima for sunspot activity, and make predictions about future solar activity. 

Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Frequency and Period of Sunspots [DRAFTS]
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These simple questions with selected response answer test specific concepts relating to geometry of the Earth, Sun, and Moon as well as observations of solar eclipses.

Upper Division Physics & Astronomy

Lecture Tutorial: Auroral Currents
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Use this student worksheet and magnetic field data from Intermagnet to ask questions about inferring auroral currents.

Concept Questions: Auroral Currents
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Use this set of clicker-style questions to probe student understanding about auroral currents.

Lecture Tutorial/Lab: Kinematics of Relativistic Particles Accelerated by a CME
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Use this student worksheet and image data from NASA SOHO to estimate the moment of acceleration of relativistic particles.