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MTLE Middle Level Science: Overview of Light - Chapter Summary
Use this chapter to review the overview of light as you get ready for the MTLE Middle Level Science exam. Use these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to study the difference between reflection and refraction, the transmission of light, and how colors are created. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:
- Identify the origin of the nature of light and its relation to spectrum and color frequency
- Discuss reflection and the impact of curve surfaces and angle of incidence
- Understand refraction and dispersion
- Define the transmission of light
- Understand how color is produced
- Define a prism and its relation to refraction
- Clarify the difference between plane and spherical mirrors and understand how to use equations to answer mirror questions
- Share how to ray trace with mirrors and understand how to use equations to answer lens questions
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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. Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces
How do waves reflect off of surfaces? How do we account for the images that we see reflected in various objects? Discover the answers to these questions as we investigate the rays and angles defining the law of reflection.
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. Transmission of Light: Definition & Overview
This lesson will explain what is meant by 'transmission of light,' discuss the ways that light can be transmitted through a medium, and also explore how light is measured.
5. 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.
6. What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction
In this lesson, you'll learn about the prism and what prisms do to white light. You'll explore the properties of light waves, as well as the concept of refraction, which causes white light to bend in a prism and spread out into the different spectrum of colors.
7. Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and how plane mirrors and spherical mirrors are different, including the images they produce. A short quiz will follow.
8. Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions
After watching this lesson, you will be able to answer questions on mirrors, stating whether an image is real or virtual, upright or inverted, and larger or smaller. A short quiz will follow.
9. Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and use ray tracing diagrams, along with the law of reflection, to explain what you see when you look in a mirror. A short quiz will follow.
10. Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions
After watching this video, you should be able to use equations to answer lens questions, including figuring out whether the image produced by a lens is real or virtual, bigger or smaller, and upright or inverted. A short quiz will follow.
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