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Physics of Light

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Gummy bears are tasty, but did you know they are also used to determine color and light properties? Use the activity as a way to demonstrate light absorption, light reflection, and refraction with high schooler. Pupils conduct small...
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AP Physics 1 and 2 Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered what type of AP Physics investigations The College Board wants? This is the guide for you! Sixteen labs covering both Physics I and II will get you started and inspire you to meet the requirement of 25 percent of...
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Physics Skill and Practice Worksheets

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Stop wasting energy searching for physics resources, this comprehensive collection of worksheets has you covered. Starting with introductions to the scientific method, dimensional analysis, and graphing data, these skills practice...
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Great Discoveries in Science: The Double Helix

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Take a trip with Watson and Crick as they struggle to determine the structure of the DNA molecule. In this beautiful documentary, biology students learn the history of this revolutionary discovery, and even hear from James Watson...
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MAGNETS: How Do They Work?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Let this video teach the basics of magnetism for you in a flipped classroom scenario. In a six-and-a-half minute feature, physics fans find out about the intrinsic properties of magnetism and its relation to electricity.
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Next Generation Science Standards

For Students K - 12th Standards
Are you having trouble deciphering the Next Generation Science Standards on the website, or just trying to find the standards for your grade in a quick-and-easy format? If so, here is a free and easy-to-navigate app made with you in mind.
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Utah Open Textbook: Physics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Textbooks come in all shapes, sizes, and media these days. An electronic textbook resource offers Physics materials for a full course. The text offers an explanation of physics topics as well as examples of calculations and reading...
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Synthesis and Characterization of CdSe Quantum Dots

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Does the size of a sample change the physical properties of that substance? It turns out it can! Young scientists combine physics and chemistry to synthesize CdSe quantum dots and record their color properties. Learners should notice a...
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Flame Tests and Emission Spectra

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Identify elements based on the color that they burn! Learners observe flames of various elements. Using diffraction film or a spectroscope, they assign a name to each.
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The Original Double Slit Experiment

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Is light a wave or a particle? The video recreates the double slit experiment with sunlight in public. Different individuals predict what they will see by looking into a dark box, which allows sunlight into it through two small slits....
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Single Photon Interference

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
How does a single photon show a phase shift? Using the interference pattern created by light traveling through a double slit, the resource asks whether the interference pattern would still show if only one photon of light is sent at a...
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PS4A - Wave Properties

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
Does your lesson plan for wave properties have its ups and downs? Get some fresh ideas from an informative video! The narrator discusses PS4A, showing the must-know ideas for each grade level through concept maps and demonstrations.
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Atomic Colors

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Stars are too hot to visit, so how do we know what different stars are made of? An enlightening simulation uses a spectrum graph to show the various electron emission and absorption reactions. Scholars experiment with both helium and...
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Rose Colored Glasses

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How can we change the color of what we are seeing? The simulation allows individuals to change the color of a car's paint, the color of light pointed at the car, and the color of glasses the person is wearing. Each combination creates a...
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Light Wave

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do radio waves create light? It's more difficult to understand the things we can't see than those that we can. The simulation compares the relatively small range of visible light to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. It graphs the size...
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The Marina

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Breakwaters offer marinas and beaches protection from large ocean waves, but how do they work? Scholars observe wave patterns and wave amplitude during the simulation. They control the number of openings, width of openings, distance...
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The Fibre Optic Cable Class

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Many people know that fiber optics are used in delivering the Internet, but are surprised to learn they are also used in astronomy. Scholars explore light, reflection, and fiber optics through hands-on activities. They discuss methods of...
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Sometimes You Behave Like a WAVE, Sometimes You Don't!

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Electromagnetic radiation behaves like both a wave and a particle. Help classes explore this concept through a lab investigation. Young scientists create optical interference patterns on a glass slide using a carbon layer. They analyze...
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What is the Wave/Particle Duality? Part 1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Einstein rejected the idea of wave/particle duality, yet now we believe the concept to be true. A short video explains the properties of waves, particles, and the behavior of electrons, which act as both. The film concludes with some...
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What is the Wave/Particle Duality? Part 2

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Electrons, neutrons, and photons display behavior explained by wave-particle duality. The video explains how to picture the duality of behaviors in these parts of atoms. The drawings and comparisons to the behavior of water focus on the...
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Electromagnetic Radiation

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How can nanoparticles be used in the battle against skin cancer. Class members take on the question as they gather information about electromagnetic radiation, specifically ultraviolet radiation. Pupils learn about the mathematical...
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Flame Test: Red, Green, Blue, Violet?

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Let the true colors shine through. Pupils conduct a flame test to identify an unknown element. Class members calculate and prepare specific molarity solutions of three chemicals. Using their observations of the colors emitted, they...
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De Broglie Wavelengths

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
You learned in the previous lesson in this series that a particle with momentum has the properties of a wave. So how about a baseball? The lesson calculates the wavelengths of different particles given their momentum (mass and velocity),...
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Hydrogen Atom as a Particle in a Box (NB)

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
How does an electron qualify as a particle in a box? It behaves like a wave and, when bound to an atom, has boundaries. Using this notion, the professor explains a quantum mechanical calculation for a hydrogen atom. Given the length of...