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Bubble Colors
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Bubble Colors

This Exploratorium site provides an explanation of how soap films produce color ... (more)

This Exploratorium site provides an explanation of how soap films produce color bands. Wave interference is used to explain the colors observed without mathematics. Photos illustrate the phenomenon and drawings help make the explanation clear. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Bubble Tray
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Bubble Tray

In this activity, learners use simple materials to create giant bubbles. Learners ... (more)

In this activity, learners use simple materials to create giant bubbles. Learners will explore what gives bubbles their shape, what makes them break or last, what causes the colors and patterns in the soap film, and why do they change? Use this activity to introduce the concepts of surface tension and interference. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
The Exploratorium
Bubbularium
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Bubbularium

With little more than a flashlight, a straw, and a plastic lid, ... (more)

With little more than a flashlight, a straw, and a plastic lid, make an observatory so you can see the amazing colors in bubbles. Learn about how light travels in waves and how the frequency of a light wave determines which color you see. The activity also has a recipe for "bubble juice" so you'll have some bubbles to work with. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Ellen Klages
Linda Shore
Pat Murphy
The Exploratorium
CAT Scans
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CAT Scans

This Physics 2000 page uses characters and dialogue to help explain what ... (more)

This Physics 2000 page uses characters and dialogue to help explain what CAT scans are and how they work. Java applets show the relationship between traditional x-rays and the CAT scan. Links for more information are provided. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
C. C. Jones: Scientific Photographs
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C. C. Jones: Scientific Photographs

This image gallery, by C. C. Jones of Union College, contains many ... (more)

This image gallery, by C. C. Jones of Union College, contains many examples of physical optics and also x-ray diffraction. Several images of diffraction show how the pattern changes when the wavelength, the distance between light sources, and the aperture is varied. Also included are pinhole photos and comparisons of emission spectra of various elements and the absorption spectrum of the sun. Captions provide background information. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
CD Spinner
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CD Spinner

In this activity, learners create a simple äóětopäó from a CD, marble ... (more)

In this activity, learners create a simple äóětopäó from a CD, marble and bottle cap, and use it as a spinning platform for a variety of illusion-generating patterns. Learners will use Benham's Disk and spiral patterns to explore visual illusions, perception, and color. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
CLASSE Institute for Physics Teachers: Labs & Lending Library
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CLASSE Institute for Physics Teachers: Labs & Lending Library

This collection provides instructions for a range of inquiry-based physics labs covering ... (more)

This collection provides instructions for a range of inquiry-based physics labs covering topics that include Mechanics, Waves, E&M, Optics, and Quantum Scattering. Comprehensive, standards-based lab manuals are available for download, and users have completed training may borrow lab kits from the Cornell lending library if the lab materials are unavailable in the classroom. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Camera Projector
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Camera Projector

In this activity (posted on March 14, 2011), learners follow the steps ... (more)

In this activity (posted on March 14, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a camera projector to explore lenses and refraction. First, learners use relatively simple materials to construct the projector. Then, learners discover that lenses project images upside down and backwards. They explore this phenomenon by creating their own slides (must be drawn upside down and backwards to appear normally). Use this activity to also introduce learners to spherical aberration and chromatic aberration. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Engineering
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Center
Canada Science and Technology Museum: Looking at Light
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Canada Science and Technology Museum: Looking at Light

This resource is a unit of instruction for Grades 4-8 on the ... (more)

This resource is a unit of instruction for Grades 4-8 on the topic of Light/Optics. It contains background information on optical devices, the anatomy of the eye, color, the behavior of light, and properties of light including reflection, refraction and absorption. Included are objectives, cross-curricular lesson ideas, reproducible student activity sheets, and links to related websites for children. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Unit of Study
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Cardboard Box Camera Obscura
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Cardboard Box Camera Obscura

In this activity, learners construct a device that projects images onto a ... (more)

In this activity, learners construct a device that projects images onto a surface, so they can trace landscapes and other sights. The cardboard box camera captures the images using a mirror, holder, and lens, which work together like a simple camera. Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to optics, light, lenses, and mirrors. Note: this activity requires the use of a drill and saw, not included in the cost of materials. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Centers
Cardboard Opaque Projector
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Cardboard Opaque Projector

In this activity, learners construct a projector out of cardboard to view ... (more)

In this activity, learners construct a projector out of cardboard to view their favorite images (such as storybook illustrations) on the wall. Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to optics, light, lenses, and mirrors. Note: this activity requires the use of a saw, not included in the cost of materials. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Centers
Center for History of Physics: Bright Idea - The First Lasers
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Center for History of Physics: Bright Idea - The First Lasers

This online exhibit explores the discovery of laser technology. It combindes audio ... (more)

This online exhibit explores the discovery of laser technology. It combindes audio clips with archival photos to provide a context for understanding the impact of lasers. The exhibit explores more than the technology. It includes history of the competition to create the original laser as well as the social impact of this innovation. Links are provided to information and tutorials that introduce the physics of lasers to audiences with little or no background in the subject. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations
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Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations

The Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations (formerly the Centre for Quantum ... (more)

The Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations (formerly the Centre for Quantum Computation), part of the University of Cambridge, and based within the Department for Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, conducts theoretical research into all aspects of quantum information processing, and into the implications of the quantum theory of computation for physics itself. This site contains links to current research, journal articles, educational materials (including lecture notes, puzzles and quizzes), and extensive links to the greater quantum information and computing community. (less)

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Physics
Education
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Centre for Quantum Information and Foundations
Chapter 9: Electromagnetism and Optics Physlet-Based Curriculum
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Chapter 9: Electromagnetism and Optics Physlet-Based Curriculum

These examples are from introductory physics and selected examples of advanced material. ... (more)

These examples are from introductory physics and selected examples of advanced material. They can be used at the beginning of class to introduce topics, during the middle of a topic to test whether students are ready to cover additional material, or at the end of a topic to test students' knowledge of the material just covered. This page contains frames with links to the Physlets webpage. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
iLumina
Provider Set:
iLumina Digital Library
Author:
Mario Belloni
Wolfgang Christian
Chapter 9: Electromagnetism and Optics Physlet-Based Curriculum
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Chapter 9: Electromagnetism and Optics Physlet-Based Curriculum

These examples are from introductory physics and selected examples of advanced material. ... (more)

These examples are from introductory physics and selected examples of advanced material. They can be used at the beginning of class to introduce topics, during the middle of a topic to test whether students are ready to cover additional material, or at the end of a topic to test students' knowledge of the material just covered. This page does not contain frames with links to the Physlets webpage. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
iLumina
Provider Set:
iLumina Digital Library
Author:
Mario Belloni
Wolfgang Christian
Characteristics of Light: Light travels in a straight line
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Characteristics of Light: Light travels in a straight line

This activity examines the characteristics of light. Students demonstrate that light travels ... (more)

This activity examines the characteristics of light. Students demonstrate that light travels straight and does not bend around an object. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Engineering
Physics
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC at Carlton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Pedagogy in Action (SERC)
Author:
Susanne Lee
Chymist.com
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Chymist.com

This web site on chemistry education provides a collection of demonstrations and ... (more)

This web site on chemistry education provides a collection of demonstrations and hands-on activities on a wide range of topics to fit audiences from preschool to teacher in-service and professional scientists. Developed by the author of <i>Chemistry in the Toy Store</i>, it explores forensic science, the chemistry in cooking, electrochemicals, polymers, sustainable energy, chromatography, nuclear chemistry, and more. Resources include lesson plans for K-12, labs and hands-on activities, authentic assessments, projects spanning several days, and detailed guides for demonstrations. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Engineering
Physics
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
David Katz
Circles of Light: The Mathematics of Rainbows
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Circles of Light: The Mathematics of Rainbows

This set of web pages introduces the mathematics of rainbows. It examines ... (more)

This set of web pages introduces the mathematics of rainbows. It examines a mathematical model of light passing through a water droplet to help explain how rainbows are formed, why they only form when the sun is behind the observer, and what angle in the sky they can be seen. The material includes objectives, theory, questions to direct student analysis, and a conclusion. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Frederick Wicklin
National Science Foundation
College Physics
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College Physics

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, ... (more)

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
University of Minnesota
Provider Set:
University of Minnesota - Open Academics Textbooks
Author:
Kim Dirks
Manjula Sharma
Paul Urone
Roger Hinrichs
College Physics
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College Physics

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, ... (more)

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College