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Students will learn:
- Color perception and the electromagnetic spectrum
- Transparent and opaque materials
- Wave refraction and Snell's Law
- Properties of electromagnetic waves
- Wave-particle duality
- Regions of the electromagnetic spectrum
- Light absorption, reflection and color
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1. The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency
This lesson introduces the basics of visible light and color. Learn how the visible light spectrum is divided into the six color ranges. We'll also discuss why different people name colors in different ways.
2. Transparent and Opaque Materials in Electromagnetic Waves
What makes an object transparent or opaque? How does light pass through some objects and not others? And what about the other types of electromagnetic waves? We'll investigate all these questions in this lesson about the transparency and opacity of materials.
3. Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction
Refraction explains why light bends in water. But, did you know that mathematical laws determine exactly how light waves are bent? In this lesson, we'll explore the mechanics of wave refraction, including Snell's Law and the index of refraction.
4. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties
In this lesson, learn the basics of electromagnetic waves and how they make up the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore the major trends and categories within the spectrum, as well as the various sources of electromagnetic waves.
5. Wave-Particle Duality: Concept, Explanation & Examples
Is light a particle with mass and substance? Or, is it just a wave traveling through space? Most scientists say light is both a particle and a wave! Find out how they came to this strange conclusion as we learn about the theory of wave-particle duality.
6. The 7 Major Regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
This lesson will walk you through each of the major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Explore the unique characteristics of X-rays, microwaves, radio waves, UV rays, infrared, gamma rays, and of course, visible light.
7. Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption
What gives color to objects? How do light waves interact with materials to produce red and green or white and black? In this lesson, learn how white light is composed of all colors and how absorption and reflection influence our color perception.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall Physical Science: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: Science Skills
- Chapter 2: Properties of Matter
- Chapter 3: States of Matter
- Chapter 4: Atomic Structure
- Chapter 5: The Periodic Table
- Chapter 6: Chemical Bonds
- Chapter 7: Chemical Reactions
- Chapter 8: Solutions, Acids, and Bases
- Chapter 9: Carbon Chemistry
- Chapter 10: Nuclear Chemistry
- Chapter 11: Motion
- Chapter 12: Forces and Motion
- Chapter 13: Forces in Fluids
- Chapter 14: Work, Power, and Machines
- Chapter 15: Energy
- Chapter 16: Thermal Energy and Heat
- Chapter 17: Mechanical Waves and Sound
- Chapter 19: Optics
- Chapter 20: Electricity
- Chapter 21: Magnetism