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The Effects of EarthÂ’s Rotation

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The Effects of Earth’s Rotation

Earth & Space Science

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You get to explore the relationship between our Earth, the sun, and the moon, learning about tides, eclipses, seasons, and ocean currents. Manipulate a sun-Earth-moon model to investigate eclipses.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the effects of Earth’s daily rotation.
  • State that the Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How does Earth's rotation affect the time of day in various locations?

~ Because the Earth rotates toward the east, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The time of day in various locations can be determined by the position of the sun in the sky.

How does the angle of the sun's rays affect us?

~ The angle of the sun causes a change in the length and direction of shadows. It also causes temperatures to change throughout the day.

How does Earth's rotation affect ocean currents and winds?

~ Earth's rotation affects the ocean currents and winds in both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. The changes (or deviations) move to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be famliar with Earth, day, and night.
Course Earth & Space Science
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary day, Earth, night