What's in a Star?
Module written by Melissa Kido, Susan
Applets by Marco Molinaro and Paul Tero.
Session 1: What is starlight?
The Nature of Light
Exploration 1A: What are your initial ideas about stars?
Exploration 1B: What are the characteristics of starlight?
Exploration 1C: How does light behave as a wave?
Exploration 1D: How does light behave as a particle?
Session 2: What do star colors tell us?
Blackbody Radiation, Color and Temperature
Exploration 2A: Are all red objects "red hot"?
Exploration 2B: Why is Mars red?
Exploration 2C: Why is a star red?
Session 3: What do stellar spectra tell us? (part 1)
One-electron Atoms and Ions
Exploration 3A: How can we describe the spectrum of a star?
Exploration 3B: What properties of atoms help us learn about their structure?
Exploration 3C: What does ionization energy tell us about the arrangement of electrons in atoms?
Session 4: What do stellar spectra tell us? (part 2)
Exploration 4A: How are the spectra of atoms like fingerprints?
Exploration 4B: How can we describe the wave nature of electrons?
Exploration 4C: What wave model explains the electronic structure and spectra of atoms?
Exploration 4D: How can the spectra of atoms tell us what is in a star?
Emission and Absorption Spectra
Stellar Spectra Equivalent Width Tool (Internet Explorer only)
Exploration 4E: How can the wave model explain properties of atoms?
Session 5: What is in a star?
Copyright © 2004 by the trustees of Beloit College and the Regents of the University of California. This Module has been developed under the direction of the ChemLinks Coalition, headed by Beloit College, and the ModularChem Consortium, headed by the University of California at Berkeley. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation grants No. DUE-9455918 and DUE-9455924. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, Beloit College, or the Regents of the University of California.
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What's in a Star? ISBN 0-393-92435-1
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