Atmospheric Retention Lab
The NAAP Atmospheric Retention Lab explores some of the elements that go into the retention or loss of an atmosphere by a planet. The Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution and escape velocity are introduced.
First time users of NAAP materials should read the NAAP Labs – General Overview page.
Details and resources for this lab – including demonstration guides, in-class worksheets, and technical documents – can be found on the instructor's page. Some resources are not available for all modules.
- Escape Velocity
- Projectile Simulation
- Speed Distribution
- Gas Retention Simulator [swf]
- Gas Retention Plot [swf]
- A Second Look