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written by Michael Davidson
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This is a multimedia lesson plan appropriate for middle school and high school on the topic of light refraction.   Students work cooperatively to learn how light refracts through a prism, using a variety of natural and artificial light settings.  An accompanying Java simulation allows them to explore the refraction of light as it moves from a vacuum to different mediums (air, water, glass, diamond, and lead).  By switching to monochromatic light, users can see how the wavelength and frequency of the light wave change with its color.  Also included is a historical vignette that details Isaac Newton's work with prisms.  

This item is part of a larger guidebook for teachers on the topic of light and optics,  developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the full index.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
Optics
- Color
- Geometrical Optics
= Refraction - Flat Surfaces
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Tutorial
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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color, lesson plan, light refraction, optics, prism, refraction, refractive index, tutorial
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

This multimedia lesson/activity integrates a hands-on prism lab, a Java simulation on light refraction, and an historical vignette on Isaac Newton's classic study of prisms.  It is appropriate for middle and high school, and can be adapted for more advanced students by extending the study to the Refractive Index and the visible light spectrum.  Overall, a nicely cohesive introduction to prepare students for further study of rainbows.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2001), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/prisms.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2001), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/prisms.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2008, January 18). Molecular Expressions: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/prisms.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, January 18, 2008. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/prisms.html (accessed 1 August 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2001. 18 Jan. 2008. 1 Aug. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/activities/teachers/prisms.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Michael Davidson", Title = {Molecular Expressions: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection}, Publisher = {National High Magnetic Field Laboratory}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {1 August 2014}, Month = {January 18, 2008}, Year = {2001} }
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Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Online Activity Guidebook for Teachers

This is a link to the full Activity Guidebook for Teachers by the authors of Molecular Expressions.  It contains more than 20 multimedia activities and explorations on the topic of light and optics, designed for middle school and high school classrooms.

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