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Diffraction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
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....
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Diffraction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school engineers experiment with passing light through mesh and perform calculations using the diffratction equation. This all-encompassing lesson includes the activity sheets for four different diffraction activities and a page of...
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Diffraction Demystified

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Study diffraction patterns using CDs and DVDs! Scholars measure the diffraction patterns of a light wave as it hits a CD or DVD. Using the information, they can measure the distance between the tracks. 
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Refraction and Diffraction

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Holding a conversation underwater has its challenges. Sound and light waves can travel in different mediums, but it affects their waves. The video explains the process of refraction and diffraction and how it relates to energy waves. 
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Wave Phenomena and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Science learners scrutinize shadow size and quality, and experiment with diffraction. They model superposition of electromagnetic waves, and experiment with interference. These activities are action-packed and challenging for your...
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Spectra

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Make a class set of spectrum tubes by first purchasing some diffraction grating, and then constructing the tools with mailing tubes or shoe boxes. If you aren't up for assembling them, you could purchase prepared spectroscope kits. This...
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Fun Physics You Can See

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Fascinating aspects of electromagnetic radiation and its use in obtaining and transferring information are described here. Learners will find the connections to current technology interesting. Although the slides are text-heavy, they do...
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X-ray Diffraction Activity

For Students 9th - 12th
A simple, single page assignment asks wave masters to record the wavelength of the x-rays coming from a powder diffractometer and perform calculations with it. Equations, energy level diagrams, and a periodic table are all included....
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STEMbite: Diffraction

For Students 7th - 12th
This psychedelic session of STEMbite introduces the concept of diffraction to your upper elementary science class. The teacher in the video uses a compact disc to show the rainbow results of the bending of light and then dons a pair of...
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Diffraction of Laser Light, Polarization and Color Filters

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate light behavior by conducting a series of experiments. In this physics activity, students calculate the wavelength of the light source using an equation. They determine what color is produced when light of different...
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Mini Lab: Wavelength of Light Using a Diffraction Grating

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students investigate the wavelength of light using diffraction grating. In this wavelength of light lesson plan, students use a diffraction grating to determine the wavelength of yellow light and check their results with the accepted...
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Davisson-Germer: Electron Diffraction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Davisson Germer experiment helped scientists develop the electron microscope. Pupils explore the Davisson Germer experiment, which showed that electrons possess wave-like properties. Individuals shoot electrons at atoms and can view...
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Diffraction and Interference

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How do you study something you can't see? The instructor in a video models an experiment that shows the wave properties of light (electromagnetic waves). The video follows another in a 14-part series that describes the features of...
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Electromagnetic and Physical Waves

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast electromagnetic and physical waves. In this wave lesson, students discover that all waves reflect, refract, and diffract energy. Students work in small groups to experiment with waves and evaluate the type...
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Wave Actions

For Students 9th - 12th
In this waves learning exercise, learners read about the ways waves react depending on the boundary they encounter. They read about natural frequency, resonance, phases and interference in waves. They match 13 terms with their...
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Optics

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Don't worry, optics is a light topic! The presentation covers reflection, refraction, fiber optics, mirages, prisms, rainbows, dispersion, mirrors, lenses, telescopes, diffraction, the human eye, and much, much more. Presentation is the...
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Light Waves: Grades 6-8

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the behavior of light with different materials. Collaborative groups determine whether certain materials absorb, reflect, diffract, or transmit light waves. They then measure the angle of incidence and angle of reflection.
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Atomic Emission Spectra and the Bohr Model of the Atom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the wavelengths of spectra lines for common atoms. In this atomic emission spectra lesson plan, students use a transformer and diffraction grating to observe the emission spectra of various atoms. They find the...
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Review of Optics

For Students 11th - 12th
In this optics review worksheet, students complete 50 multiple choice questions on light reflection, diffraction and interference.
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Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Light and Quantum

For Students 9th - 12th
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...
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How Do We See Things?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Physical science investigators visit four stations to experiment with light. At the first station, they view the interior of two different colored boxes without light, then open them to discover their true colors. At the second, they...
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Physics 152 ~ Fall 2003 Midterm Exam #3, Parts A, B

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Illuminated physics stars show what they know about light by taking this exam. They match several related vocabulary terms to descriptions and answer multiple choice questions about the characteristics of light, magnification, and...
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Behavior of Waves

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Lots of definitions are given here, and your students will find the details and links useful, along with the diagrams and examples.
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Designing a Spectroscopy Mission

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
In this mind-bending activity, young engineers explore this question of whether or not light actually bends. Using holographic diffraction gratings, groups design and build a spectrograph. The groups then move on research a problem...

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