Solar Radiation :
Misconceptions and Educational Research
Common misconceptions include:
- Sunlight is differen from other forms of light including “electric”, “ultraviolet”, and “radioactive”.
- The Sun only shines in visible light.
- The Sun sends "heat" or "heat rays" through space to warm the Earth.
Some research has been conducted on how students understand the light in general.
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