Paper Moon: Simulating a Total Solar Eclipse

  • Paper Moon: Simulating a Total Solar Eclipse

    Sean Madden, James Downing, Jocelyne Comstock
    This article describes a classroom activity in which a solar eclipse is simulated and a mathematical model is developed to explain the data. Students use manipulative devices and graphing calculators to carry out the experiment and then compare their results to those collected in Koolymilka, Australia, during the 2002 eclipse. Includes a description of how to set up the simulation and examples of student work.