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Making Light of Science

Making Light of Science

Introduction

What is light? This is a question that scientists have been exploring for centuries. The activities in this lesson will introduce you to the nature of light so that you can explore its properties and understand how it works.


Exploration

Go to The Universe of Light: What Do You Know About Light?, website.

Read the first page Light Behaves as a Wave, and then click the Next Part button to read the following page, How Do You Measure a Light Wavelength?

Go to the Catch the Waves slideshow. Before starting the slideshow, click the spectrum link in the first paragraph to review the definition of the electromagnetic spectrum. Then click on the Activate tab button to start the slideshow. Click on the Next button in the upper right-hand corner of the page to move through the slides.

Complete this website exploration by following the link titled, What Do You Know? on the final page of the slide show. Take time to review the bulleted list of information.


Knowledge Check

To summarize and build on information learned so far, return to the Catch the Waves slideshow, and click on Light Facts image at the top right corner of the page.

After reading the information on this page, you should better understand and be able to explain in scientific terms how the prism works.


This esheet is a part of the Light 1: Making Light of Science lesson.

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