Stellar Fingerprints and Doppler Red Shifts

Young scientists observe the spectra of elements and compare that to the Doppler effect. Hook scholars from the beginning all the way to the extension activities in this 5E-format lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Research how Doppler radar works for meteorologists, radiologists, and police officers
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes prior knowledge of the Doppler effect 
  • Requires a dark room, but groups can take turns using it 
  • Includes resources on the Doppler effect if pupils need a review before the lesson
  • Although materials are specialized, they include item numbers and multiple sellers
  • Includes an answer key
  • None
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