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published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
written by Debra Fischer and George Musser
This web page explores properties of light in a way that beginners can enjoy and understand.  The authors combine a unique blend of humorous-yet-informative text, visual demonstrations, analogies, and an inexpensive classroom activity called "Making a Rainbow".   Topics include wavelength, frequency, light sources, the electromagnetic spectrum, and a student-friendly explanation of photon emission.  

This resource is part of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific' s newsletter for teachers, The Universe in the Classroom.  SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to the full newsletter series.
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Astronomy
- Fundamentals
= Properties of Light
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Rainbow
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Tutorial
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© 1996 Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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electromagnetic radiation, light, rainbows, speed of light, wavelengths
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

Want to teach about light but haven't ever studied optics or electromagnetic radiation?  This resource is a great start.  Prepare to be surprised at the humorous-but-informative background info, the real-life analogies, and the ideas for inexpensively teaching these concepts to your physical science students.  The lesson plan on making a rainbow is appropriate for middle school.

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

Classroom Activities                                                                 Grades 8-12
Want to teach a unit on the properties of light, but it's not covered well in your textbook?  Prepare to be surprised at this delightfully engaging resource by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  It is designed especially for the beginner and leads up to a classroom activity on making a rainbow. Try teaming this item with the Java applet below on The Physics of Rainbow

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D. Fischer and G. Musser, (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 1996), WWW Document, (http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/publications/tnl/35/35.html).
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D. Fischer and G. Musser, There's More to Light Than Meets the Eye (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 1996), <http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/publications/tnl/35/35.html>.
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Fischer, D., & Musser, G. (1996). There's More to Light Than Meets the Eye. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from Astronomical Society of the Pacific: http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/publications/tnl/35/35.html
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Fischer, Debra, and George Musser. There's More to Light Than Meets the Eye. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1996. http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/publications/tnl/35/35.html (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Fischer, Debra, and George Musser. There's More to Light Than Meets the Eye. San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1996. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.astrosociety.org/edu/publications/tnl/35/35.html>.
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