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Atmospheric Retention Lab

Screenshot of portion of the simulator.
Gas Retention Plot


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.


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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.

Student Guide

Atmospheric Retention Student Guide (pdf)

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