Reflection: Classroom Setup Intensity and Angle of Insolation Lab - Section 3: Introduction & Procedure


Ideally, this lab works best in groups in which the students come in with the materials mostly set up on pre-arranged student desks, but due to the nature of my equipment, I decided as a last minute alternative to do this as a "teacher model" lab, where I set up only one station, which all of us recorded as a class simultaneously. I should note here that I don't whole-heartedly recommend this strategy, but it did work out in the end, insofar that all my classes emerged with observable (and "correct" as far as the lab is concerned) data, and we finished everything in one period. Additionally, as an additional reflection, I wanted to speak a bit on another lesson where students graphed information as a "demo" as opposed to a lab, which was a specific heat demonstration that I did. In this case (this is alluding to a lesson in the next unit on specific heat), I wanted to do a demo (as opposed to a lab) for the sake of time, clean up, and the overarching idea that students would' t have necessarily gotten more out of the lab than they would out of a simple teacher-led demonstration. Also, the demo gives me more control, and as noted above, allows us all to work with the same data.

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Intensity and Angle of Insolation Lab

Unit 4: The Sun & Insolation
Lesson 7 of 8

Objective: SWBAT graph the relationship between intensity and angle of insolation [LAB]

Big Idea: This lesson examines the direct relationship between intensity and angle of insolation in this super-critical insolation lesson

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