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- Learn about Rutherford's gold foil experiment
- Analyze crystal structure and density relating to elasticity of solids.
- Predict the density and buoyancy of objects.
- Learn how pressure affects gas volume in a balloon.
- Study light properties.
- Learn about the formation of images with ray diagrams and lenses.
- Conduct experiments with specific heats of water and some metals.
- Observe the addition and subtraction of light color through filters, prisms and other objects.
- Study the changes of water as it is heated from solid to liquid.
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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
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4. Pressure Change & Volume of a Gas: Physics Lab
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5. Specific Heat of Water & Metals: Physics Lab
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6. Water Phase Changes: Physics Lab
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7. Investigating Light Properties: Physics Lab
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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
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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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