What do scientists do when their observations don't match the theory? An interesting video introduces the ultraviolet catastrophe as part of a larger series covering physics concepts. Starting with ultraviolet light and ending with quantum physics sounds like a long jump, but that is the path scientists used to solve the problem. We may not understand everything now, but we are so much closer than we were before.
- Stress the fact that the most important discoveries were often made because of mistakes
- After the video, share some of the most recent discoveries in quantum physics
- Requires prior knowledge of ultraviolet light and famous scientists
- Includes subtitles in eight languages for ELLs
- Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom
- Connects history, science, math, and more