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TOPS 2000 - Session 22 & 38 Description

Light & Radiation -
June 16, 2000 09:30-10:30 (T only); June 18, 2000 13:00-14:30 (S only)

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Unlike many scientific fields where direct experimentation is possible, in astronomy most of our information comes from remote sensing. With a few exceptions (e.g. space probes) we must get all of our information about the objects we study from electromagnetic radiation. This topic is something which is touched upon in highschool physics and astronomy classes, and many science teachers and students will be exposed to the concepts at some level. TOPS director Karen Meech will present an overview of how light and radiation interact with matter from the astronomical perspective. This will be a combination of lecture and demonstration to discuss concepts such as atomic structure, the wave and particle properties of light, the electromagnetic spectrum and black body radiation, and how to apply this to astronomy. This will be followed by (and reinforced by) Session 23 which will engage the participants in hands-on activities.

Location - HPA New Lecture Hall

Participation Matrix

Subject Astr Phys Math Chem Env Bio
Level Novice Intermediate Advanced
X X  
Target Group Teachers Students  
Prerequisites None

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Last Updated on April 25, 2000
Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii