Scale Height Lab
Scale Height Lab is a parameter used to describe how something fades away with increasing distance – it is the distance over which a quantity decreases by a factor of 1/e. It is exclusively applied to planetary atmospheres in this lab, but is certainly used in many other contexts.
First time users of NAAP materials should read the NAAP Labs – General Overview page.
This lab has been designed for astronomy and physics students with some basic mathematical skills (algebraic competence, knowledge of exponential functions, and a willingness to follow along with calculus). It is NOT appropriate for introductory descriptive astronomy students.
- Definition of Scale Height
- Atmospheric Elevation Simulator
- Atmospheric Contents Simulator
- Meteoroid Impact Background
- Meteor Impacts Simulator
- Spherical Cow Issues