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Ch 21: Matter & Light - Physics Lab Experiments: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Matter and Light - Physics Lab Experiments unit of this High School Physics Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the fundamental experiments and physics principles related to the matter and light. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Physics Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about light properties, diffraction and interference. There is no faster or easier way to learn about matter and light experiments. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the elasticity of solids, water phase changes, ray diagrams and the gold foil experiment.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a physics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Matter and Light - Physics Lab Experiments unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Matter and Light - Physics Lab Experiments Unit Objectives:

  • Explore Ernest Rutherford's gold foil experiment.
  • See lab experiments for the elasticity of solids.
  • Test the density and buoyancy of objects.
  • Examine gas volumes and pressure changes.
  • Review water phase changes and the specific heat of metals through labs.
  • Study the properties of light.
  • Examine light color, reflection and refraction.
  • Learn about the formation of ray diagrams.
  • Explore diffraction and interference patterns.

11 Lessons in Chapter 21: Matter & Light - Physics Lab Experiments: Homeschool Curriculum
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ernest Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment: Physics Lab

1. Ernest Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment: Physics Lab

This lesson explains how the Rutherford gold foil experiment was carried out and what it told us about the atom. You can take a short quiz after the lesson to test what you've learned.

Elasticity of Solids: Physics Lab

2. Elasticity of Solids: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what elasticity is, and complete an investigation to determine the spring constant of a material. A short quiz will follow.

Density & Buoyancy of Objects: Physics Lab

3. Density & Buoyancy of Objects: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what buoyancy is, how to determine the size of the buoyant force, and use the principles of buoyancy to calculate the density of an object. A short quiz is available to test your knowledge after the lab.

Pressure Change & Volume of a Gas: Physics Lab

4. Pressure Change & Volume of a Gas: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what pressure and volume are and how pressure, volume, and temperature change in response to each other - with the aid of marshmallows! A short quiz will follow.

Specific Heat of Water & Metals: Physics Lab

5. Specific Heat of Water & Metals: Physics Lab

This lab will help you to be able to explain what specific heat is and find the specific heat of a metal using household objects. After completing the lab and analyzing the data, you can complete a short quiz to test your knowledge.

Water Phase Changes: Physics Lab

6. Water Phase Changes: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what a phase change is, name the different types of phase changes, and complete demonstrations showing what happens to water when it undergoes phase changes. A short quiz will follow.

Investigating Light Properties: Physics Lab

7. Investigating Light Properties: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to list the properties of light and complete investigations that show some of these properties. A short quiz will follow.

Light Color: Physics Lab

8. Light Color: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what gives light its color and demonstrate that white light contains a variety of colors using filters. A short quiz will follow.

Reflection & Refraction of Light: Physics Lab

9. Reflection & Refraction of Light: Physics Lab

This lesson examines what reflection and refraction are and demonstrates how they work using experimentation. You'll be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the experiments, as well as have the ability to complete a short quiz.

Ray Diagrams & Lenses: Physics Lab

10. Ray Diagrams & Lenses: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain how lenses work, explain the difference between convex and concave lenses, draw ray diagrams to analyze the image produced by a lens, and apply that understanding to eyeglasses.

Diffraction & Interference: Physics Lab

11. Diffraction & Interference: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what diffraction and interference are, and use everyday objects to demonstrate the effect for light. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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