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This NASA-created web site introduces electromagnetic waves and their behaviors to secondary learners. Each region of the spectrum is described, illustrated, and accompanied by video clips. Within each section, the authors explore the relationship between wavelength and wave type and provide information about how scientists detect the various waves and collect images of their emissions. Don't miss the link to NASA's Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, a free set of 24 posters, which can be viewed online or printed for the classroom.

This resource could be easily adapted as a presentation for the entire classroom or as a computer lab.  All sections are in HTML format, with no plug-ins required.

This tutorial is part of NASA's Mission: Science website.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
= Electromagnetic Spectrum
Optics
- General
- Geometrical Optics
- Polarization
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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NASA activity, UV rays, electromagnetic radiation, electromagnetic spectrum, gamma rays, infrared, infrared photography, light, light absorption, light reflection, microwave, module, optical telescope, radio wave, spectrum, tutorial, ultraviolet, x-rays
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Metadata instance created October 5, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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March 20, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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February 10, 2011

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

This beautifully-presented NASA resource introduces students to the wonder of electromagnetic waves and their behaviors. Each segment of the spectrum is described & illustrated, and accompanied by a video clip. Don't miss the newly available EMS book, "Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, available for online viewing or free download.

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

This beautifully-presented NASA resource introduces students to the wonder of electromagnetic waves and their behaviors. Each segment of the spectrum is described & illustrated, and accompanied by a video clip. Don't miss the newly available EMS book, "Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, available for online viewing or free download.

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(NASA Science Mission Directorate, 2011), WWW Document, (http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html).
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Introduction to The Electromagnetic Spectrum, (NASA Science Mission Directorate, 2011), <http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html>.
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Introduction to The Electromagnetic Spectrum. (2011, February 10). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from NASA Science Mission Directorate: http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html
Chicago Format
NASA Science Mission Directorate. Introduction to The Electromagnetic Spectrum. NASA Science Mission Directorate, February 10, 2011. http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html (accessed 22 December 2014).
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Introduction to The Electromagnetic Spectrum. NASA Science Mission Directorate, 2011. 10 Feb. 2011. 22 Dec. 2014 <http://missionscience.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro.html>.
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