Using Spectral Data to Explore Saturn and Titan

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Saturn's rings are made of dust, ice, and solid chunks of material. Individuals use spectrographs in this final installment of 22 lessons to determine the atmospheric elements. They analyze spectrums from Titan's atmosphere and Saturn's rings and figure out why those elements are present.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Place learners in pairs for this activity and have them share their results with peers
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not include the CD-ROM containing the PowerPoint; instead, have classes learn about spectrographs through readings, discussions, and other explorations 
  • Read through recommended articles and determine if parts could/should be shared with classes

  • Provides background information for teachers and students as well as an answer key
  • Activity addresses troubleshooting tips 

  • Known spectra graphs are unreadable; look on the Internet for different ones to use and print
Common Core