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The Greenhouse Effect by PhET

Course, Subject

Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Math, Science & Technology

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


This simulations will allow students to see how the Earth's temperature changes due to the Greenhouse Effect. Students can select the level of atmospheric greenhouse gases during an ice age, in the year 1750, today, or at some time in the future. Just how do greenhouse gases change the climate?

Using the simulation, students will:

  • Describe what happens to the temperature, sunlight, and infrared photons as you change the concentration of greenhouse gases.
  • Explore the differences between the ice age and today.
  • What happens when clouds are present?
  • Explain why the temperature increases as the concentration of greenhouse gases increases.


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Content Provider

Physics Education Technology
The Physics Education Technology (PhET) project at the University of Colorado produces fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena that make bridges to the real world.

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