Speed of Light

This Speed of Light activity & project also includes:

How quickly does light travel long distances? A short video simulates light going from the earth to the moon at two different paces. Scholars relate the distance to the rate to understand which simulation is correct.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss how long it takes the light from the sun to reach us
  • Introduce the idea of a light year
Classroom Considerations

  • It is helpful for students to know the speed of light, but they can find it in the supplemental materials if needed
Pros

  • Connects math and science concepts
  • Works in a large group, small groups, or as individual work
Cons

  • None
Common Core