Recommended for Middle School.
Have you ever seen solar panels on a house or a building? 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 power output of three solar panels with Go Direct Energy.
- Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the solar panels.
- Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.
Graphical Analysis 4
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Engineering Practices
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
Disciplinary Core Ideas
- PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
- Cause and effect
- Scale, proportion, and quantity
- Systems and system models
- Energy and matter
Solar Energy Explorations
See other experiments from the lab book.