Imagine you are at the equator on March 21. The noon sun would be directly overhead (90°S). However, for every degree of latitude that you travel to the north or south, the noon solar angle would decrease by the same amount. For example, if you travel to 40°N latitude, the solar angle would be 50°. a. Explain this relationship. b. Develop a formula or set of instructions to generalize this relationship. c. What would be the noon solar angle at 40°N on June 21? On December 21?

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Imagine you are at the equator on March 21. The noon sun would be directly overhead (90°S). However, for every degree of latitude that you travel to the north or south, the noon solar angle would decrease by the same amount. For example, if you travel to 40°N latitude, the solar angle would be 50°.

  1. a. Explain this relationship.
  2. b. Develop a formula or set of instructions to generalize this relationship.
  3. c. What would be the noon solar angle at 40°N on June 21? On December 21?

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