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This applet compares the blackbody spectrum of the sun to visible light. The user can learn about the blackbody spectrum of the sun, a light bulb, an oven, and the earth. They can adjust the temperature to see the wavelength and intensity of the spectrum change. The color of the peak on the spectral curve can be viewed.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Models
= Blackbody Radiation
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- Educators
- text/html
- application/flash
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© 2007 University of Colorado, Physics Education Technology
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blackbody spectrum , heat, light, quantum mechanics, sun, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created November 15, 2007 by Alea Smith
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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PhET Simulation: Blackbody Spectrum. (2007, November 15). Retrieved July 18, 2024, from PhET:
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PhET. PhET Simulation: Blackbody Spectrum. Boulder: PhET, November 15, 2007. (accessed 18 July 2024).
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PhET Simulation: Blackbody Spectrum. Boulder: PhET, 2007. 15 Nov. 2007. 18 July 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Blackbody Spectrum}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {18 July 2024}, Month = {November 15, 2007}, Year = {2007} }
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