Measuring ultraviolet radiation underwater: a practical application of the Beer-Lambert-Bouguer law for high school physics

Schouten, Peter and Parisi, Alfio and Downs, Nathan (2009) Measuring ultraviolet radiation underwater: a practical application of the Beer-Lambert-Bouguer law for high school physics. Teaching Science: The Journal of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 55 (4). pp. 50-54. ISSN 1449-6313

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Abstract

The measurement of solar UV under water is not a simple process. In the underwater environment the difficulty of obtaining useable data is greatly amplified due to the optically complicated and at times unpredictable nature of water itself. The following practical exercise designed for use in the Year 11 and Year 12 Physics classroom aims to provide students with a practical understanding of how the Beer-lambert-Bouguer Law can be applied in an underwater environment and how handheld solar UV measurement instrumentation can be employed in conjunction with the Beer-lambert-Bouguer Law to accurately measure the optical properties of water.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with blanket permission of the publisher.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Alfio Parisi
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010 03:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV; solar; underwater; practical exercise
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6549

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