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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. You can use this comprehensive set of conceptual questions as an exam.
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.
Light is such a fascinating subject. This lesson does a great job of illuminating the mysteries of light for your young scientists. A series of demonstrations which are explained in the plan should help your charges to understand how light travels in waves, how white light is a combination of all colors, and how different materials are opaque, translucent, or transparent to light. Very good!
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. A terrific amount of information is packed into the four-minute film, perfect for introducing the northern and southern lights to your earth science class. Make sure to find photographs of actual auroras for the class to see!
This Little Light of Mine: Understanding Light Bulbs
One of the inventions that has greatly impacted the world is Thomas Edison's light bulb. From his incandescent bulb, to today's LED bulbs, illuminate middle schoolers with the way they convert electricity into light and heat. Handouts include reading passages, worksheets, and lab procedures for building a flashlight. This is a straightforward and well-rounded exploration of light.
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. They use equations to calculate wavelenghts. Although the lesson write up and handouts are not the most attractive, they are comprehensive and make a complete mini-unit on electromagnetic spectra.
Light Stick Chemistry
In groups of three with the lights off and the shades drawn, investigators place inactivated light sticks, in three beakers: one filled with ice water, another with lukewarm water, and the other with room temperature water. They wait several minutes and then activate the sticks, comparing their brightness. Using a digital camera, they continue to make observations over 15-minute intervals. This is a terrific experiment to do with beginning chemists around Halloween, when light sticks are easily available.
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.
What Color is Light?
Explore white light as it relates to rainbows with a lesson plan. Young scientists predict the color of light when viewed through various filter-colored papers. They view online video clips about light and solar energy, write in interactive science journals, and read aloud narrative and expository text for fluency and accuracy. Note: The video is found at BrainPop.com, so you may need a subscription to show it.
Waves: Sound and Light
A few definitions related to waves open this slide show. Note that the information only covers light waves even though the title mentions sound. Correct the title before using this resource. Another mention is a set of photos of a class project, which you can delete. Making these alterations will leave you with a very colorful and impactful lesson on the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction, color, uses of light, and more!
A Night in Lights: Special Lesson Plan
A good way to become a good writer is to read what you plan to write. Learners take the leap into writing a personal narrative after first reading a really good example. They read the story A Night in Lights, discussing the author's use of sensory detail and technique. They then use a personal photograph to help them write a highly descriptive narrative about a specific event.
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.
Making Light of Science
Students investigate the electromagnetic spectrum, focusing on visible light. They are introduced to the idea that all light travels as waves, and that wavelength defines the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Fifth graders sit in their seats with the lights on and then the teacher turns off the lights. After their eyes have adjusted, they vote on what colors of construction paper are being held up. The lights are then turned back on and students discuss what their eyes perceived.
Cost of My Classroom Lights
Students calculate how expensive it is to use fluorescent lights. In this lights lesson, students get a worksheet with cost per hour to run a fluorescent. Students set up a equation to calculate the the cost of running one fluorescent and then multiply by the number in the school.
Light Reflection and the DLP
Students create a device that will rotate a mirror and reflect light to a lens or light absorber, based on how a DLP chip functions. This lesson includes background information, three web resources for both students and teacher and lab questions aimed at enhancing the lab experience.
Edison and the Light Bulb
Young scholars explore the impact of inventions on society, specifically Edison and the light bulb. In this technology lesson plan, students use online resources and listen to a story about Edison to develop an understanding of how the light bulb was invented. Young scholars discuss how inventions help society. Students construct an example of the light bulb by using the provided worksheet.
Light and Water
Third graders experiment with coins and water to explore light rays. In this light and water lesson, 3rd graders work in pairs to observe what happens with a coin in water or how it appears based on the density of the water. Students complete an experiment with light, water and a pencil.
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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.
Using Bubbles to Learn about Light Interference
Students explain the wave properties of light.