Solar Heating Reasoning

In class discussion we have determined that one or more of these the most likely answers to:

I can explain why the Earth is warmer near the equator and cooler near the poles due to the uneven heating of Earth by the Sun

  1. The Earth's elliptical orbit brings the Earth closer or farther from the sun.
  2. The equator is just that much closer to the sun than the higher latitudes.
  3. Sunlight hits more directly on the equator than the higher latitudes.
Use the results from the Angle of Incidence activity, the Insolation notes and the diagrams of Figure 6h-2 external arrow to determine your explanation.