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written by Lawrence Woolf
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This page is a comprehensive module for grades 8-12 on the origin of colors in materials, including liquids, solids, and gases.  "Color in gases" includes experiments that explore the color of fireworks, the origin of smog, the cause of rainbows, and why the sky is blue. The "Color in liquids" section includes investigations into why plants are green, the color change of acid/base indicators, why objects change color when they rust, and how glowsticks and fireflies produce colored light. The section dealing with "Color in solids" examines how colors are produced by the interference of light using an audio CD, how UV light can be detected using fluorescence, and how light emitting diodes work.

This resource is aligned with national science education standards and has been refined through classroom testing.  

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Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
Optics
- Color
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Best practice
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Laboratory
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Student Guide
= Unit of Instruction
- Assessment Material
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Keywords:
LED, assessment, color dispersion, color perception, color wheel, dispersion, electromagnetic spectrum, lesson plan, optics, rainbow, visible spectrum
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Metadata instance created May 25, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color

For students who have explored the basics of color mixing, this is an excellent unit to continue their investigation into the subject.  This comprehensive module (same authors as the module above) takes students on a hands-on journey of the origin of colors in solids, liquids, and gases.  They will explore the color of fireworks, why the sky is blue, how glowsticks and fireflies produce phosphorescent light, and how LED's work.

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L. Woolf, (General Atomics, San Diego, 2002), WWW Document, (http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/materialscience/chromatics/index.html).
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L. Woolf, General Atomics Sciences: Chromatics - The Science of Color, (General Atomics, San Diego, 2002), <http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/materialscience/chromatics/index.html>.
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Woolf, L. (2008, February 1). General Atomics Sciences: Chromatics - The Science of Color. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from General Atomics: http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/materialscience/chromatics/index.html
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Woolf, Lawrence. General Atomics Sciences: Chromatics - The Science of Color. San Diego: General Atomics, February 1, 2008. http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/materialscience/chromatics/index.html (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Woolf, Lawrence. General Atomics Sciences: Chromatics - The Science of Color. San Diego: General Atomics, 2002. 1 Feb. 2008. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.sci-ed-ga.org/modules/materialscience/chromatics/index.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Lawrence Woolf", Title = {General Atomics Sciences: Chromatics - The Science of Color}, Publisher = {General Atomics}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {24 October 2014}, Month = {February 1, 2008}, Year = {2002} }
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relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic As General Atomics Sciences: It's a Colorful Life

This module by the same authors is a more basic version of the same topic, designed for beginning students with no background in concepts relating to color.

relation by Caroline Hall
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