Day & Night Cycle
Earth and Space

The apparent path of the Sun during the day

Physics Narrative for 5-11 Supporting Physics Teaching

What we know is driven by what we see

That light travels from the Sun to us enables us to see it. But it also enables us to track its path. Its the light arriving here that enables us to infer so much of what we know about the universe.

Simple direct observations show that the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west and that there is a difference in the height of the midday Sun between mid-summer and mid-winter. This information will (later) help with the explanation of the cause of the seasons. For now, its useful for accounting for day and night.

Day & Night Cycle
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IOP DOMAINS Physics CPD programme

Waves CPD videos

Our new set of videos gives teachers and coaches of physics a preview of the training we offer ahead of this term's live support sessions.

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