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published by the Space Sciences Laboratory
written by Bryan Mendez
This curriculum module, written by scientists at the University of California-Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, features lessons and tutorials exploring how magnetic fields on the Sun cause solar flares. Click "Solar Flares" in the top menu to find a tutorial with annotated diagrams that show magnetic field and plasma movement during a solar flare and field diagrams showing how magnetic fields evolve during a flare event. The tutorial discusses how sunspots are related to solar flare eruptions and explains the transfer of energy that occurs when plasma crashes into the denser gas of the Sun's chromosphere. Click Supplementary Document below for a printable pdf version you can use as a student handout.
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
- The Sun
= Magnetic Activity
Electricity & Magnetism
- Magnetic Fields and Forces
= Magnetic Fields
Modern Physics
- Plasma Physics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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coronal loop, energy of solar flare, solar flare energy
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B. Mendez, , 2005, WWW Document, (http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGwayed/lessons/exploring_magnetism/in_Solar_Flares/s4.html#top).
B. Mendez, Exploring Magnetism: Solar Flares, 2005, <http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGwayed/lessons/exploring_magnetism/in_Solar_Flares/s4.html#top>.
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Mendez, B. (2005). Exploring Magnetism: Solar Flares. Berkeley: Space Sciences Laboratory. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGwayed/lessons/exploring_magnetism/in_Solar_Flares/s4.html#top
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Mendez, Bryan. "Exploring Magnetism: Solar Flares." Berkeley: Space Sciences Laboratory, 2005. http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGwayed/lessons/exploring_magnetism/in_Solar_Flares/s4.html#top (accessed 14 June 2024).
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Mendez, Bryan. Exploring Magnetism: Solar Flares. Berkeley: Space Sciences Laboratory, 2005. 14 June 2024 <http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/SEGwayed/lessons/exploring_magnetism/in_Solar_Flares/s4.html#top>.
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