Optics Teacher Resources

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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The first unit in a series of four focusing on climate change introduces fifth and sixth graders to the various systems that create the climate. They examine the natural and human causes of greenhouse gas emissions and conduct...
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Light Waves: Grades 9-12

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Explore the behavior of light waves with a lab activity. Scholars build new vocabulary through experimentation and observation. Using different mediums, they model reflection, refraction, transmission, diffusion, and scattering of light.
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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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Light Wave

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do radio waves create light? It's more difficult to understand the things we can't see than those that we can. The simulation compares the relatively small range of visible light to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. It graphs the size...
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How Do You Light Up Your World?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A tremendous presentation on the properties of light. Young scientists are treated to slides which share a lot of fascinating information about light. This impressive PowerPoint is filled with great photos, graphics, and discussion...
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How Do You Light Up Your World?

For Teachers 4th - 5th
A fabulous presentation on light is here for you. In it, learners view slides which cover many important concepts of light. They understand exactly what light is, what the main sources of light are, what opaque, transparent, and...
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Light and Geometric Optics

For Students 10th - 11th Standards
It's time to see the light  with a unit that focuses on light and geometric optics, including concave and convex mirrors. A variety of experiments, worksheets, and online activities are included. 
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Waves

For Teachers 5th
Light waves and sound waves are the focus of this science lesson designed for 5th graders. Besides discovering how these waves travel, learners also discover the basic properties of waves, and analyze data tables and graphs. The...
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Refraction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Refraction is the bending of light, changing its path. This phenomenon is caused by a change in the speed of the light waves. This video provides visual demonstrations of refraction through various media. It concludes by mentioning how...
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Geometric Optics: Crash Course Physics #38

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Light can be a mysterious phenomenon. Take away some of the mystery with an intriguing video lesson. The 38th lesson of the Crash Course physics series studies the movement of light waves. Topics include refraction and reflection as well...
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Light and Elements

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
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...
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Color at Light Speed

For Students 9th - 12th
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...
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STEMbite: Polarization of Light

For Students 6th - 12th
Here is a backyard explanation of the polarization of light. Using his porch railing, the video narrator demonstrates that if the grating is lined up with the direction of light waves, represented by a hula hoop, the waves are allowed to...
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Optics: Light at Work - Part 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
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...
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Optical Instruments: Crash Course Physics #41

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How does a lens work? A thorough video lesson addresses this question by looking at the lenses of human eyes, telescopes, and microscopes. Light waves play an important role function of each of these objects. This is the 41st lesson in...
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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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Properties of Light

For Students 7th - 12th
In this light waves worksheet, students will measure the wavelength of different light waves and then calculate its frequency. This worksheet has 9 short answer questions and 10 fill in the blank questions.
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The Brightest Part of a Shadow Is in the Middle

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Shed some light on the nature of shadows! Science sleuths investigate a 200-year-old theory that light will form a bright spot in the center of a sphere's or circle's shadow with a video from Veritasium. The resource explains the...
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Light Wave-Particle Duality

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How can light be both a wave and particle? A video explains the co-existing wave and particle nature of light. Using formulas discussed in previous lessons in the series, the instructor develops the formula that shows the relationship...
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Bending Light Waves to Magnify

For Students 8th - 10th
In this magnification worksheet, students read about how lenses magnify images and how to determine the magnification of an image. Kids divide ten by the focal length which is found to be the measurement from the center of the lens to...
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Geometric Optics

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What would happen if your entire world was flipped upside down? In addition to changing the distance and size of an object, lenses flip the image upside down. The simulation allows scholars to vary the object, move the object, move the...
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The Nature and Properties of Light

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discover the different properties of light. In this series of physics lesson, students investigate light behavior. They calculate index of refraction draw ray diagrams.
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The Electromagnetic Spectrum

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders investigate light as waves and view evidence of the types of light waves. They discuss the wave energy and wavelength of the various types of light.
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Reflection

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Reflection is the bouncing of waves. Reflection can be used simply as entertainment or to guide ocean navigators. As your physics aces begin learning about waves, this resource would be valuable to show them that all of the different...