Created by Keith Clay at GRCC, this series of five interactive animations illustrates the 'phases of the moon' and the associated sun-earth-moon configurations. Students observe the Moon for about six weeks prior to working with the animations. The animations allow the students to observe and play with the rates of rotation and revolution between the earth and moon, and change the sun-earth-moon configurations to see the resulting moon phase. Links to pdf versions of the handout and a form to record moon observations are included. A written set of exercises leads students through examination of the animation series. By using a lamp, a ball, and the viewer's head to represent the sun, moon, and earth respectively, students recreate the configurations shown in the animations and observe/sketch the phases of the 'moon' as depicted on the ball lit by the lamp. Additional animations and exercises are provided.


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