Solar Activity-Themed Resources

Resources for Teachers

Pre-Service Teacher Ed & Intro Astronomy

Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Velocity of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs)
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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. 

Curious to learn more about how concepts associated with coronal mass ejections can be integrated into physics? Check out the curated multimedia Digi Kit that is built around this lecture tutorial by clicking below:
CME Science:AAPT Digi Kit for High School Physics

Lecture Tutorial: Measuring the Frequency and Period of Sunspots
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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.

Curious to learn more about how concepts associated with sunspots can be integrated into physics? Check out the curated multimedia Digi Kit that is built around this lecture tutorial by clicking below:
Sunspot Science: A Digi Kit for Introductory Physics

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: Tracking High-Energy Protons from Coronal Mass Ejections
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Use this student worksheet and image data from NASA SOHO to estimate the moment of acceleration of relativistic particles.


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