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This site from the Exploratorium provides instructions to make a spectroscope from a shoebox and a diffraction grating.  Such a spectroscope is used to show that a white light is really made up of the combination of colors called a spectrum.  The site contains photographs and step-by-step instructions to easily build the instrument.
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Restriction: © 1999 Exploratorium
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Keywords: color spectrum, diffraction grating, hands-on lab, high school lab, light spectra, middle school lab, prism, project
Record Creator: Metadata instance created June 23, 2006 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Aug 17, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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How To Build a Spectroscope, (Exploratorium, San Francisco, 1999), <>.
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How To Build a Spectroscope. (2008, February 12). Retrieved August 8, 2020, from Exploratorium:
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Exploratorium. How To Build a Spectroscope. San Francisco: Exploratorium, February 12, 2008. (accessed 8 August 2020).
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How To Build a Spectroscope. San Francisco: Exploratorium, 1999. 12 Feb. 2008. 8 Aug. 2020 <>.
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