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Investigating White Light: What Colors Make Up White Light?
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This activity is an investigation of what colors make up white light. ...

This activity is an investigation of what colors make up white light. Students will explore through two different hands-on activities.

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Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Sarah Fritzke Jordan
Is There Life in Space?
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In this investigation, students will explore the question: Can there be life ...

In this investigation, students will explore the question: Can there be life outside of Earth? Students will use planet hunting models to discover how scientists find new planets and perform simulated spectroscopic measurements to determine if the chemical requirements for life are present.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Astronomy
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
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The Concord Consortium
Lasers
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Create a laser by pumping the chamber with a photon beam. Manage ...

Create a laser by pumping the chamber with a photon beam. Manage the energy states of the laser's atoms to control its output.

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Physics
Material Type:
Simulations
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University of Colorado Boulder
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PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
Kathy Perkins
LeMaster, Ron
McKagan, Sam
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Ron LeMaster
Sam McKagan
Wieman, Carl
Light & Sound, Light Reflection Relay
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This activity is an experiment where students learn about angles of reflection ...

This activity is an experiment where students learn about angles of reflection and use that knowledge to reflect a light beam around obstacles to a target across the classroom.

Subject:
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Mary Kurvers
Light, optics and lenses
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Physical Science Content Standard B of the National Science Education Standards encompasses ...

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.

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Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Kimberly Lightle
Mary LeFever
Magic Wand
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In this activity about light and perception, learners create pictures in thin ...

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.

Subject:
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Exploratorium
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Science Snacks
Author:
California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
The Magic of Optics: Now you see it, now you don't
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A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of ...

A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of mineral oil. Useful demonstration to introduce to concept of refraction (and/or partial reflection).

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Nathaniel Lasry
Molecular Motors
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Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull ...

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?

Subject:
Genetics
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Betterton, Meredith
Chris Malley
Dubson, Mike
Kathy Perkins
Malley, Chris
Meredith Betterton
Mike Dubson
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Tom
PhET Interactive Simulations
Tom Perkins
Wendy Adams
Molecular Motors (AR)
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Discover what controls how fast tiny molecular motors in our body pull ...

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?

Subject:
Genetics
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Betterton, Meredith
Dubson, Mike
Malley, Chris
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Tom
Optical Microscopy Primer
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This tutorial provides an introduction to optical microscopy and imaging. Topics include ...

This tutorial provides an introduction to optical microscopy and imaging. Topics include the physics of light and color, the anatomy of optical microscopes, and film and digital techniques for capturing microscopic images. There is also information on more advanced optical techniques, information on specific microscopes, and an online museum of ancient to modern instruments. Many of these pages feature embedded interactive Java and Flash tutorials designed to provide comprehensive examples of the phenomenon under study. Other materials include image galleries, links to books and articles, online resources, and a bibliography of reference materials used in creating the tutorial.

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
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Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Physics Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. Michael W. Davidson
Optical Quantum Control
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Explore an active area of research in optical physics: producing designer pulse ...

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.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Carl Wieman
Chris Malley
Malley, Chris
McKagan, Sam
PhET Interactive Simulations
Sam McKagan
Wieman, Carl
Optical Tweezers and Applications
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Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a ...

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?

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Archie Paulson
Chris Malley
Dubson, Michael
Kathy Perkins
Malley, Chris
Michael Dubson
Paulson, Archie
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Thomas
PhET Interactive Simulations
Thomas Perkins
Wendy Adams
Optical Tweezers and Applications (AR)
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Did you ever imagine that you can use light to move a ...

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?

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Dubson, Michael
Malley, Chris
Paulson, Archie
Perkins, Kathy
Perkins, Thomas
Optics, Spring 2009
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This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. ...

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.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbooks
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Barbastathis, George
Oh, Se Baek
Sheppard, Colin
Optics for Kids: The Science and Engineering Behind It
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This site provides an introduction to optics, the science of light, for ...

This site provides an introduction to optics, the science of light, for younger students. Topics include what light is and how it travels; what lenses are and how they work; and what lasers are and what they can do. There is also information on careers in science and engineering. Site materials include interactive features, a downloadable word search, and links to online resources and books.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Physics Gateways and Resources
Periscope Activity
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Understanding optics begins with exploring and enjoying the fun and tricks of ...

Understanding optics begins with exploring and enjoying the fun and tricks of light. In this activity, make a simple periscope and the reflected light will let you see around corners and over walls.

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Activities and Labs
Provider:
UNAWE
Provider Set:
EU Universe Awareness
Physics 101
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This introductory, algebra-based, one-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, ...

This introductory, algebra-based, one-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. Derived from College Physics by OpenStax.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax CNX
Author:
John Carini