Study Plan

Learning Goals

By the conclusion of this chapter, you should be able to:
  1. Describe the balance between the forces that determine the structure of the Sun.
  2. Explain how mass is efficiently converted into energy in the Sun’s core.
  3. Sketch a physical model of the Sun’s interior, and describe how observations of solar neutrinos and seismic vibrations on the surface of the Sun test astronomers’ models of the Sun.
  4. Describe how energy is transported through the Sun.
  5. Describe the solar activity cycles of 11 and 22 years, and explain how these cycles are related to the Sun’s changing magnetic field.
  6. Explain how solar activity affects Earth.

Prepare and Assess


    1. The Solar Core
      Section: 14.2

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