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Fun with Flatware
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This is a series of three quick science activities to do with ...

This is a series of three quick science activities to do with a spoon, knife, and fork. In the first two activities, learners use the flatware to explore optics, mirrors, reflection, and distortion. In the third activity, learners use the flatware to explore sound and vibration.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Instructional Material
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Colorado State University
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Colorado State University
Geometric Optics
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How does a lens form an image? See how light rays are ...

How does a lens form an image? See how light rays are refracted by a lens. Watch how the image changes when you adjust the focal length of the lens, move the object, move the lens, or move the screen.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
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ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Danielle Harlow
Dubson, Michael
Gratny, Mindy
Harlow, Danielle
Kathy Perkins
Michael Dubson
Mindy Gratny
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Geometrical Optics and Physical Optics
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In this module, the concept of light’s behavior when reflected from the ...

In this module, the concept of light’s behavior when reflected from the same medium or at the interface between two different media will be treated. The construction of images obtained through optical systems and different types of lenses will be discussed. Certain optical systems will be presented in this module: the eye, a magnifying glass, a microscope, a telescope, a camera, along with the way they work by calculating focal lengths, magnification and vergency (optical power). The module explains the comprehension and correction of vision problems: farsightedness, nearsightedness. The next step will be to explain essential wave-related concepts, along with the way they interact. The observation that the pitch of sound from a siren changes when the source or receiver or both moves will be elucidated. The concept of phase will allow the understanding of phenomena such as interference or diffraction when two apparently identical phenomena are superimposed.

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Physics
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Video Lectures
Provider:
African Virtual university
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OER@AVU
Author:
Ramilison, Herimanda A.
Giant Lens
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In this activity about light and refraction, learners discover how a lens ...

In this activity about light and refraction, learners discover how a lens creates an image that hangs in midair. A large Fresnel lens creates upside-down images of distant objects and right-side-up images of nearby objects. Learners can locate the upside-down images by using a piece of white paper as a screen. The right-side-up images are harder to find. Activity includes detailed explanations and diagrams to explain how the images are created.

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Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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California Department of Education
Don Rathjen
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
Glass and Mirrors: an Inside Look at Telescopes
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This manual provides simple demonstrations to show how lenses and mirrors are ...

This manual provides simple demonstrations to show how lenses and mirrors are used to create telescopes. It was created for use by the Night Sky Network of astronomy clubs.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Helping Students Discover Total Internal Reflection
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Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to ...

Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to a situation, then are given another situation where it "doesn't work."??? This situation turns out to be one in which total internal reflection occurs. Students are then shown what happens with classroom apparatus.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kathleen Harper
How to Make a Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and ...

In this activity, students construct a kaleidoscope. A materials list, instructions, and photos showing how the assembly is performed are provided.

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Engineering
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
NSDL Staff
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General Science and STEM Gateways and Resources
Author:
Dr. John Greivenkamp
Introduction to Electromagnetism
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In this course, the student will first learn about waves and oscillations ...

In this course, the student will first learn about waves and oscillations in extended objects using classical mechanics. The course will then examine the sources and laws that govern static electricity and magnetism. A brief look at electrical measurements and circuits will help establish how electromagnetic effects are observed, measured, and applied. These topics lead to an examination of how Maxwell's equations unify electric and magnetic effects and how the solutions to Maxwell's equations describe electromagnetic radiation, which will serve as the basis for understanding all electromagnetic radiation, from very low frequency radiation emitted by power transmission lines to the most powerful astrophysical gamma rays. The course also investigates optics and launches a brief overview of Einstein's special theory of relativity. A basic knowledge of calculus is assumed. (Physics 102; See also: Biology 110, Chemistry 002, Mechanical Engineering 006)

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Lecture Notes
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The Saylor Foundation
Investigating Light: A Form of Energy You Can See
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This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our ...

This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our study of how light travels and how it behaves when it hits an object.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Gloria Brandt
Investigating Light Properties
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This activity is lab oriented where students will observe that light travels ...

This activity is lab oriented where students will observe that light travels in a straight line and is reflected, redirected, absorbed, or passes through objects.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Barbara Chapman
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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Engineering
Education
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
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Kaleidoscope
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In this activity, learners build inexpensive kaleidoscopes using transparency paper and foil ...

In this activity, learners build inexpensive kaleidoscopes using transparency paper and foil (instead of mirrors). Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to optics, light, mirrors, and geometry.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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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
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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Engineering
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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.

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Engineering
Education
Physics
Material Type:
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
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Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Kimberly Lightle
Mary LeFever
Magic Disc
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In this activity, learners create an optical illusion by spinning two attached ...

In this activity, learners create an optical illusion by spinning two attached cups. A round ball seems to magically appear when the cups spin.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
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.

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Engineering
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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).

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Engineering
Education
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