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Below is a sample breakdown of the Matter & Light - Physics Lab chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Ernest Rutherford's gold foil experiment and elasticity of solids||Discuss how to measure the physical properties of an object by indirect means, duplicate Ernest Rutherford's gold foil experiment, analyze crystal structure and density to examine the elasticity of solids|
|Tuesday||Object density and buoyancy, pressure change and volume of a gas||Examine how to predict whether an object will float or sink, explore how the volume of a gas-filled balloon is affected by changing the pressure|
|Wednesday||Specific heat of water and metals and changes of a water phase||Compare specific heats of water and common metals, draw conclusions about the application of the properties, examine water changes when heated from solid to liquid to water vapor|
|Thursday||Investigating light properties, light color and the reflection and refraction of light||Intercept transparent and opaque objects to study the properties of light, analyze image reflections off plane mirrors, look at light color subtraction and addition through filters and more, examine reflection of light from curved and flat mirrors and refraction of light through a lens|
|Friday||Ray diagrams and lenses, diffraction and interference||Predict and study image formations with ray diagrams and lenses, examine single slit diffraction and double slit interference patterns|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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