Can You See This Type of Light?

Why can some organisms detect polarized light, but others can't? Scholars observe as the narrator constructs, demonstrates, and explains a simple polarimeter during a video from a larger playlist covering physics. Concepts include how light becomes polarized in nature and which creatures use their ability to see polarized light as an advantage.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add the versatile video to a lesson about light, unique animal adaptations, or the human eye
  • Have pupils make their own polarimeters after viewing as a group
Classroom Considerations

  • Briefly discuss reflection and scattering of light with the class before watching the video
Pros

  • The demonstration is easy to reproduce in class and is very engaging
  • Explains content through discussion and visual aids, making the resource helpful for different learning styles
Cons

  • None
Common Core