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Ch 21: Matter & Light - Physics Lab Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Matter & Light - Physics Lab chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basics of matter and light and explore physics lab experiments in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

11 Lessons in Chapter 21: Matter & Light - Physics Lab Lesson Plans
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
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