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Illuminate your class with this fabulously interactive app about light! Brilliant animation follows a beaming little robot as he teaches youngsters about every glowing object and concept under the sun.
3rd - 6th Science 6 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What is an Aurora?
An impressive animation explains the earth's awe-inspiring auroras. The contributions of high-energy particles from the sun collide with our neutral atmospheric atoms. Explained are the roles of solar wind, plasma, the magnetosphere, coronal mass ejection, magnetic storms, oxygen and nitrogen atoms, photons, sunspots, and solar flares.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science 21 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
What is Color?
"To understand the phenomenon of color, it helps to think about light as a wave." This is a brief and very informative instructional video on what color is and why we are able to see it. Your young scientists will learn such terms as the period and frequency of waves, as well explore how light is absorbed and what colors we are able to see.
3 mins 8th - 12th Science 17 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Light and Quantum
This is a stellar overview of everything light and quantum! There are 30 multiple choice questions, none of them requiring any mathematical computation. There are a few diagrams to analyze: light rays striking reflective and refractive materials, spectral lines, and more.
9th - 12th Science 15 Views 45 Downloads
Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Light and Optics
Nineteen word problems dealing with frequency, speed, reflection, and refraction of light are provided here. Empower your physics masters to manipulate equations for computing angles, focal lengths, image heights, and more! This is a neatly formatted and user-friendly set of practice problems that you will want to add to your homework choices.
9th - Higher Ed Science 13 Views 23 Downloads
How Modern Light Bulbs Work
Here is a fascinating find for future techies: a video about how various light bulbs work. Because it begins with the incandescent bulb, it covers a bit of history of the light bulbs. It concisely and creatively describes how halogen lamps, fluorescent bulbs, metal halide vapor lamps, and LED bulbs work.
3 mins 6th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
How to Turn Sound Into Light: Sonoluminescence
The conversion of sound into light is a fascinating phenomenon that is a side effect of pistol and mantis shrimp stunning their prey. It is known as sonoluminescence, and it is thoroughly delineated in this fascinating little video. Add it to a lecture and spark interest within your physics curriculum on wave action or to your biology curriculum on adaptations.
2 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Optics: Light at Work - Part 1
Any work with light, lenses, lasers, or mirrors is called optical engineering. Optical engineers bend and bounce light to make it useful for humans. Examples are telescopes, invisibility, nanomedicine, and solar energy. This comprehensive video would be valuable to show when teaching about light and the electromagnetic spectrum or when leading a career exploration class with middle schoolers.
9 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
New Review Shadow Chasers!
Experiment with light and shadow with a photography lesson plan. Learners first view several artistic photographs. They then play with different levels of light and various objects, eventually putting together compositions and taking pictures of the objects, light, and shadows.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
The Photoelectric Effect in Photocells
Illuminate your physics class with this examination of a photovoltaic cell. Teach the structure and operation of the device using a diagram. Then make a human-powered, larger-than-life sized model of a PV cell. Learners become electrons and photons.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 9 Downloads
Use a container full of water as a prism and show that as light is bent, the individual colors from different wavelengths become visible. This explains why the sky appears to be blue midday, and why as the sun nears the horizon, it looks orange in color.
5th - 9th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Inverse Square Law
The inverse square law is revealed when your class participates in this activity. They move a graph paper or perfboard square back and forth in a square of light to see how the intensity changes. You will definitely want to add this illuminating activity to your collection of physics demonstrations.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 2 Downloads
Kindle knowledge of how light travels by using this activity in your physical science curriculum. By setting up a candle flame or flashlight bulb and viewing it through a slit, observers of light see evidence of its wave characteristic. Add this activity as a demonstration of diffraction to your collection of activities for exploring light.
6th - 8th Science 6 Views 3 Downloads
A Critical Lab
Physics lab groups finagle with laser lights to determine the critical angle of refraction for both water and Lucite. Because there are no detailed steps or an answer key for this enlightening exercise, an inexperienced physics instructor may be most comfortable assigning it.
9th - 12th Science 5 Views 9 Downloads
To illuminate how afterimage occurs, create a star, square, or other geometric-shaped light for learners to look at for 30 seconds. Then, have them explain what they see as they shift their focus to a blank wall. A full explanation of how the negative image appears is provided so that you can teach your class about this phenomenon during a unit on light or the eye.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Color at Light Speed
Rainbow science anyone? learners put the color specturm, frequency, light waves, and wavelengths into a light speed context. They use algebraic formulas to determine the speed of each light wave length. A great way to connect math and science.
9th - 12th Science 16 Views 52 Downloads
Light and Elements
Here is a full-fledged investigation of light waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, and element spectra. Physicists research a scientist that contributed to our understanding of the behavior of light. They take notes on your lecture, and then they experiment in the lab with the spectra of different elements.
9th - Higher Ed Science 21 Views 50 Downloads
Dependence of Light Intensity on Distance
Hopefully you have a sensor interface for your physics class to use with graphing calculators when collecting data with a light sensor. If so, read on. Use this resource for learners to predict and then test whether or not the intensity of light is directly related to the distance from the point light source.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
How are paint colors and colors in light related?
Make an art to science connection by discussing the properties of colors and white light. Learners create colors using paints and light beams through prisms. They utilize filters to see how colors change, then construct a graph to show their findings.
2nd - 3rd Science 3 Views 13 Downloads