Have you ever seen solar panels being used on a house or a building to produce electricity? Do you remember how they were positioned? Were they lying horizontally? Standing vertically? Set at an angle? Why do you think they are installed in such a way?
In this experiment, you will use your previous experience with solar panels and data-collection equipment to develop a plan to explore the variable of angle and its affect on power output.
Measure and power output of a Solar Panel with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the Solar Panel.
Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.