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written by Michael Davidson
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This resource contains a set of six activities on the properties of light, designed to be used as learning centers in middle school or high school physical science classrooms.  The stations include lessons on diffraction, transparency and translucence, rainbows, spinning disks, refraction, and the relationship between light and heat.  The activities were designed to be economical and simple to set up, using common objects such as thermometers, styrofoam cups, flashlights, candles, holiday tree lights, and aluminum foil.  Students rotate from one station to the next to observe and analyze each unique property.  Allow 2-3 class periods, depending upon the length of the class.

This item is part of a larger guidebook for teachers on the topic of light and optics,  developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the full index.

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
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- High School
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color, color disks, diffraction, diffraction grating, lesson plan, light activities, light refraction, optics, optics activities, prism, ray optics, refraction, refractive index
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

Want to do a unit on light, but time is limited?  This is a solid, well-designed set of 6 activities intended to be used as learning centers in the physical science classroom.  Students explore phenomena such as diffraction, transparency and translucency, rainbows, refraction, and more.  Materials are all inexpensive and easy to acquire.  Allow two days.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2001), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/properties.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Investigating Special Properties of Light (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2001), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/properties.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2008, February 14). Molecular Expressions: Investigating Special Properties of Light. Retrieved April 18, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/properties.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Investigating Special Properties of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, February 14, 2008. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/properties.html (accessed 18 April 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Investigating Special Properties of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2001. 14 Feb. 2008. 18 Apr. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/properties.html>.
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Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Online Activity Guidebook for Teachers

This is a link to the full Activity Guidebook for Teachers by the authors of Molecular Expressions.  It contains more than 20 multimedia activities and explorations on the topic of light and optics, designed for middle school and high school classrooms.

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