Lab-Aids: Investigating Light - The Visible Spectrum (Station approach) Kit
Working at this station, students use diffraction gratings and build a spectroscope to investigate the spectra of different light sources. They then gather evidence that shows that when different light sources and colored filters are used, the appearance of objects can change. As they are making observations and gathering evidence they are also learning the science that explains their results. Four student activities will take a total of between four and eight 50-minute sessions to complete. The activities in this module (and in the related LAB-P104-S02
, and LAB-P104-S04
modules) were originally part of longer units developed at the University of Kentucky. The station approach allows you to offer a variety of concurrent activities for different student groups.
This kit was written and designed by professors at the University of Kentucky.
- Visible light contains one or more colors of the visible spectrum.
- What we see is related to the color of light that enters our eyes.
- Ideal companion for Kits LAB-P104-S02, LAB-P104-S03, and LAB-P104-S04
- 1 Teacher's Guide
- 1 Light station, LAB-AIDS‚®
- 1 Colored paper strip set
- 1 Colored pencil set
- 1 Compact fluorescent bulb
- 1 Socket and cord for compact fluorescent bulb
- 1 Slotted shield for compact fluorescent bulb
- 1 Blue filter slide
- 1 Green filter slide
- 1 Red filter slide
- 1 Square-frame diffraction grating
- 1 Single-slot mask
- 1 Diffusing mask
- 2 Spectroscopes (tubes and end caps)
- 2 Color transparencies
- 2 Mirror/Slide holders
- 4 Round diffraction gratings
- Number of Students: 1 small group
- To complete the activities in this four-activity kit requires four to eight ~50-minute class periods.