What is Solar Activity?

Solar Activity Cycles

The Sunspot Cycle The student will create a list and construct a graph of the number of sunspots using both technology and paper. The student will explore patterns in the data and locate the maximum and minimum.
Sunspot Activity and Ocean Temperature Students will analyze and compare two graphs to determine if there is a correlation between solar activity and ocean temperature.
Sunspot Activity on other Stars Students will analyze and compare stellar activity graphs to determine how similar or different they are to the solar sunspot cycle.

The Solar Wind

CME Plotting Activity Students will construct a table of values and plot the points in order to make a prediction
Solar Activity and CMEs Students will construct a graph to compare the sunspot cycle with Coronal Mass Ejection events.
Anatomy of a CME Students will compare and interpret four graphs involving the speed, temperature, density and magnetic field strength of a Coronal Mass Ejection.

Magnetic Storms

Magnetic Storms from the Ground Students will become familiar with the Earth's changing magnetic field by analyzing data taken during a solar storm.
Motion of the Magnetic Pole The Student will plot the latitude and longitude involved in the movement of the magnetic north pole over a period of time, predict its location in the year 2000, and justify their prediction.
A Soda Bottle Magnetometer Students will build a sensitive magnetometer to monitor changes in the Earth's magnetic field in their classroom, and to look for signs of magnetic storms and solar activity.

Auroras and the Ionosphere

AM Radio Ionosphere Station Students will use an ordinary AM radio to monitor changes in the ionosphere due to solar storms and day/night changes.
Auroras and Magnetic Storms Students will determine how auroral sightings are correlated with magnetic storm activity in Canada.
Radio Waves and the Ionosphere Students will determine how radio reception is affected by changes in the ionosphere during a solar storm, and during normal conditions.

Satellite Design

IMAGE Satellite Scaling Students will calculate the volume of the IMAGE satellite. based on the results, they will determine patterns and relationships to see how change affects the mass and cost of the satellite.
IMAGE Satellite Scale Model Students will construct a scale model of the IMAGE satellite.
Pie Charts in Science Students will construct and interpret a circle graph representing the percentage of questions posted at the IMAGE Ask the Space Scientist web site in several topic areas.

Impacts of Solar Activity on Humans

Solar Storms and Satellites Students will read two published articles on the influence that solar storms can have on spacecraft, and answer a series of questions.
Cosmic Radiation Creates Unfriendly Skies Students will reada to be informed, and write a letter to persuade, based on the article that was read.
Satellite Glitches and Cosmic Rays Students will correlate the frequency of electronic 'glitches' in the NASA TDRS-1 communications satellite, against the cosmic ray intensity and examine how satellites can be affected by cosmic rays.
Radiation Exposure on a Trip to Mars Students will plan a trip to Mars in the next century and calculate the total radiation dose the astronauts will receive. They will compare this total dose against other health risks.

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