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Light, optics and lenses

Light, optics and lenses

Physical Science Content Standard B of the National Science Education Standards encompasses ... (more)

Physical Science Content Standard B of the National Science Education Standards encompasses transfer of energy and specifically states, Light interacts with matter by transmission (including refraction), absorption, or scattering (including reflection). We begin with early investigations into the nature of light that culminated in the current understanding of the nature of light, both visible and invisible as the same physical laws apply to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. From there students are ready to explore the interaction of light with various surfaces, producing a variety of perceptible effects. Finally, students will be able to apply their knowledge through construction, critique, and assessment of their own optical devices or interpretation of optically derived data. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Collection:
Middle School Portal
Provider:
Ohio State University
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Kimberly Lightle
Mary LeFever
Magic Wand

Magic Wand

In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin ... (more)

In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin air. Using a simple set up of a slide projector, slide, moveable screen or poster board, and a "wand", learners investigate how we see projected images such as those from movies and television. Use this activity to help learners understand concepts associated with light and optics including persistence of vision, reflection, and map projection. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Exploratorium
Provider:
Exploratorium
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Make Your Own Telescope

Make Your Own Telescope

Discover how a refracting telescope works by making one from scratch using ... (more)

Discover how a refracting telescope works by making one from scratch using common items. This telescope won't have a tube so the learner can see how an image is formed inside the telescope. One lens of a drugstore pair of reading glasses serves as the objective lens of the telescope - the lens that gathers light from stars or other objects. A magnifying glass serves as the eyepiece. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
Exploratorium
Provider:
Exploratorium
Author:
Judith Brand
Ron Hipschman
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Measuring Your Blind Spot

Measuring Your Blind Spot

In this activity, learners calculate the width (horizontal diameter) of the blind ... (more)

In this activity, learners calculate the width (horizontal diameter) of the blind spot on their retina. Learners make a blind spot tester using a piece of notebook paper. They use simple geometry of similar triangles to calculate the size of the blind spot. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Collection:
SMILE Pathway
Provider:
Neuroscience for Kids
Author:
Eric H. Chudler
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The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond

The Mechanical Universe...and Beyond

This series helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks ... (more)

This series helps teachers demystify physics by showing students what it looks like. Field trips to hot-air balloon events, symphony concerts, bicycle shops, and other locales make complex concepts more accessible. Inventive computer graphics illustrate abstract concepts such as time, force, and capacitance, while historical reenactments of the studies of Newton, Leibniz, Maxwell, and others trace the evolution of theories. The Mechanical Universe helps meet different students' needs, from the basic requirements of liberal arts students to the rigorous demands of science and engineering majors. This series is also valuable for teacher professional development. A video instructional series on physics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs and coordinated books. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Collection:
Annenberg Learner
Provider:
Annenberg Learner
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Molecular Motors

Molecular Motors

Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull ... (more)

Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull through a single strand of DNA. How hard can the motor pull in a tug of war with the optical tweezers? Discover what helps it pull harder. Do all molecular motors behave the same? (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Betterton, Meredith
Dubson, Mike
Malley, Chris
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Tom
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Molecular Motors (AR)

Molecular Motors (AR)

Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull ... (more)

Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull through a single strand of DNA. How hard can the motor pull in a tug of war with the optical tweezers? Discover what helps it pull harder. Do all molecular motors behave the same? (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Betterton, Meredith
Dubson, Mike
Malley, Chris
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Tom
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Multiple Slit Diffraction Model

Multiple Slit Diffraction Model

The EJS Multiple Slit Diffraction model allows the user to simulate Fraunhofer ... (more)

The EJS Multiple Slit Diffraction model allows the user to simulate Fraunhofer diffraction through single or multiple slits. The user can modify the number of slits, the slit width, the slit separation and the wavelength of the incident light. The scale of the diffraction pattern can also be changed and a plot of the light intensity can be toggled on and off with a checkbox. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
Open Source Physics
Provider:
comPADRE
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Optical Quantum Control

Optical Quantum Control

Explore an active area of research in optical physics: producing designer pulse ... (more)

Explore an active area of research in optical physics: producing designer pulse shapes to achieve specific purposes, such as breaking apart a molecule. Carefully create the perfect shaped pulse to break apart a molecule by individually manipulating the colors of light that make up a pulse. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Malley, Chris
McKagan, Sam
Wieman, Carl
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Optical Resolution Model

Optical Resolution Model

The EJS Optical Resolution model computes the image from two point sources ... (more)

The EJS Optical Resolution model computes the image from two point sources as seen through a circular aperture such as a telescope or a microscope.  The simulation allows the user to vary the distance between the light sources and the diameter of the aperture, as well as the intensity of the light source. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
Open Source Physics
Provider:
comPADRE
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Optical Tweezers and Applications

Optical Tweezers and Applications

Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a ... (more)

Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a microscopic plastic bead? Explore the forces on the bead or slow time to see the interaction with the laser's electric field. Use the optical tweezers to manipulate a single strand of DNA and explore the physics of tiny molecular motors. Can you get the DNA completely straight or stop the molecular motor? (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Dubson, Michael
Malley, Chris
Paulson, Archie
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Thomas
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Optical Tweezers and Applications (AR)

Optical Tweezers and Applications (AR)

Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a ... (more)

Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a microscopic plastic bead? Explore the forces on the bead or slow time to see the interaction with the laser's electric field. Use the optical tweezers to manipulate a single strand of DNA and explore the physics of tiny molecular motors. Can you get the DNA completely straight or stop the molecular motor? (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Simulations
Collection:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Dubson, Michael
Malley, Chris
Paulson, Archie
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Thomas
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Optics, Spring 2009

Optics, Spring 2009

This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. ... (more)

This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered in geometrical optics include: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry. Topics covered in wave optics include: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product. Analytical and numerical tools used in optical design are emphasized. Graduate students are required to complete assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Lecture Notes
Readings
Syllabi
Collection:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Provider:
M.I.T.
Author:
Barbastathis, George
Oh, Se Baek
Sheppard, Colin
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