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This web page contains a standards-based curriculum unit on the interaction of light and matter, developed by NanoSense--an NSF-funded project to promote the teaching of nanoscale science at the high school level.  This resource explores the effect of nano-powders in sunscreen, focusing on absorption and scattering of light, size and scale, ultraviolet light properties, and light reflection.  It culminates with an ad campaign project for marketing a better sunscreen.  Resources for teachers include syllabus, lesson plans, pretest and post-test, extensive background information, Power Point lecture materials, student guides/handouts, and cost-free animation software that allows users to model chemical and nanoscopic processes.  The materials were developed in a modular fashion to enable use for a short classroom introduction or a two-week experiential learning project.
Editor's Note: This resource is part of a larger set of curriculum materials by the NanoSense project.  See the related materials on this page for a link to the additional materials.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Scaling
- Properties of Matter
Modern Physics
- Nanoscience
Optics
- Modern Optics
= Physical Optics
Other Sciences
- Chemistry
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Lecture/Presentation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Student Guide
= Unit of Instruction
- Assessment Material
- Tool
= Software
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- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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PBL, UV light, active learning, best practice, electromagnetic absorption, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, experiential learning, high school unit, instructional unit, light, nanotechnology, problem-based learning
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Metadata instance created June 5, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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Topic: Electromagnetism and Electromagnets
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Radiation and the Spectrum

Experiential Learning Unit                                                                  Grades 11-12
Absorption of electromagnetic radiation can be much more easily comprehended when students can see a practical application.  This high-quality, standards-based classroom project explores the interaction of UV light with particles found in sunscreen.  The student task is to learn about scattering and absorption of light, then design an ad campaign for a better sunscreen that contains zinc oxide nanoparticles. **NOTE: May be taught as a short mini-unit or as a two week project.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

Experiential Learning Unit                                                                  Grades 11-12
This high-quality, standards-based classroom project explores the interaction of light with particles found in sunscreen.  The student task is to learn about absorption and reflection of ultraviolet light, design a computer model for an improved sunscreen that would contain zinc oxide nanoparticles, and create an ad campaign to promote the product.  Included materials are lesson plans, syllabus, Power Point lectures, student guides, free computer modeling software, and assessments. **NOTE: May be taught as a short mini-unit or as a two week project.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Radiation and the Spectrum

Experiential Learning Unit                                                                  Grades 11-12
This high-quality, standards-based classroom project explores the interaction of UV light with particles found in sunscreen.  The student task is to learn about absorption and reflection of ultraviolet light, design a computer model for an improved sunscreen that would contain zinc oxide nanoparticles, and create an ad campaign to promote the product.  Included materials are lesson plans, syllabus, Power Point lectures, student guides, free computer modeling software, and assessments. **NOTE: May be taught as a short mini-unit or as a two week project.

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(SRI International, Menlo Park, 2006), WWW Document, (http://nanosense.sri.com/activities/clearsunscreen/index.html).
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NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter, (SRI International, Menlo Park, 2006), <http://nanosense.sri.com/activities/clearsunscreen/index.html>.
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NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter. (2008, May 1). Retrieved October 26, 2014, from SRI International: http://nanosense.sri.com/activities/clearsunscreen/index.html
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SRI International. NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter. Menlo Park: SRI International, May 1, 2008. http://nanosense.sri.com/activities/clearsunscreen/index.html (accessed 26 October 2014).
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NanoSense: Clear Sunscreen - How Light Interacts with Matter. Menlo Park: SRI International, 2006. 1 May 2008. 26 Oct. 2014 <http://nanosense.sri.com/activities/clearsunscreen/index.html>.
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