Solar Spectrum Comments

This lab deals with analyzing the solar spectrum using known fraunhofer lines. It's a very "sciency" lab in that students are dealing directly with naturally foreign things (emission lines) and are having to say something about the composition of the sun from this. THe questions deal largely with why there are differences between the students' results and the "true nature" of the sun. I think this lab will have a hard time reaching students who are really hands-on, because of the nature of the material, but that most students who get into it will learn a good deal about the subject and its methodology.
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