Using a Fancy Spectrograph

Put the spectrograph to good use. Using a spectrograph individuals built themselves, young scientists examine and record the emission spectra of different light sources. They use the spectra to compare and contrast the compositions of the light sources.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Challenge learners to find as many different spectra for light sources as possible
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils must have completed the "Building a Fancy Spectrograph" activity and its associated homework assignment
  • Different light sources are necessary, such as Christmas lights, candles, glow sticks, and neon bulbs
Pros
  • Provides reproducible student worksheets
  • Includes a set of sample answers for instructors to reference
Cons
  • None