A visualization to observe, understand, explore, and analyze the molecular structure of carbon compounds (CO2, CH4), the effect of electromagnetic radiation on these molecules, and the role of greenhouse gases in climate change.
Students will visualize the molecular structure of atmospheric gases, and the effect of infrared photons on these molecules. They will change the composition of the atmosphere to understand the greenhouse effect and its impact on the Earth’s temperature.
Use this tool to help your students find answers to:
- How do atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules interact with electromagnetic radiation?
- What is the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere?
About the Tool
|Tool Name||The Greenhouse Effect|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||Interaction of Molecules with Electromagnetic Radiation, Molecular Structure of Carbon Compounds (CO2, CH4), Greenhouse Effect|
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Atmosphere, The Greenhouse Effect|
|Type of Tool||Interactive Visualization|
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Developed by||PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder|
|Hosted at||PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder|