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This web page discusses why and how sundials tell time.  It provides instructions for teachers and students on how to create a paper sundial, tells how to design sundials for different locations and the limits to sundial accuracy due to time zones, equation of time, etc. This is part of a large web site, "From Stargazers to Starships" that introduces physics concepts through space science and an historical perspective.  Spanish, French and Italian translations are available. The material is also to linked lesson plans, and various cultural connections--to the Bible, "Jabberwocky" and the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. It also has links to other sundial pages.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Fundamentals
= Celestial Mechanics
- The Sun
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
- Reference Material
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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Metadata instance created June 6, 2004 by David Stern
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D. Stern, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sundial.htm).
D. Stern, The Sundial, (2004), <http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sundial.htm>.
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Stern, D. (2004, September 17). The Sundial. Retrieved November 28, 2020, from http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sundial.htm
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Stern, David. The Sundial. September 17, 2004. http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sundial.htm (accessed 28 November 2020).
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Stern, David. The Sundial. 2004. 17 Sep. 2004. 28 Nov. 2020 <http://www.phy6.org/stargaze/Sundial.htm>.
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