This module discusses how solar energy is produced and how the Earth's atmosphere interacts with solar radiation, topics essential for understanding physical phenomena such as the greenhouse effect and global warming.
The module is divided into the following sections: the Sun and Solar Energy, the Nature of Electromagnetic Radiation, the Earth's Atmosphere, Appendix I: Scientific Notation, Appendix II: Units and Dimensional Analysis, Appendix III: Physical Constants and Data for the Sun and Earth, Appendix IV: Measuring the Solar Constant, Glossary, and Additional Reading Material.
The full version of this module is available for download in PDF format. Selected chapters are also available for browsing online via the HTML link.
Author: John Streete, Physics Department, Rhodes College