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There are 6 interactive activities listed below. Click the links below
to explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Activity 1: Visible Light
Observe teacher demonstration of white light passing through a prism on
Observe light through diffraction grating sunglasses.
Then click on link below.
Go to Virtual
Click on hand, move back and forth, hold down button for
(Note that a prism separates light into various wavelengths)
Listen to movie, then take quiz.(remember you may be tested on this information
at a later date)
Click on "Experiment with Bob the E-Labrat" (on the BrainPop site)
Go to: BrainPop and click on Electromagnetic
Materials needed for Experiment
1. sunny day
2. sheet of white paper
3. a pan of water
4. a mirror
Activity 2: What ARE Electromagnetic Waves?
For an interactive Demonstration of an X-Ray machin
Activity 3: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
List component parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
What is the relationship between wavelength and frequency?
Go to Java
© W. Bauer, 1999
In this applet, you can click on the wavelength/frequncy scale and
change the wavelength and frequency
by dragging the mouse around. You can also change the wavelength by
using the arrow keys on your
keyboard. Holding the shiftkey down while pressing the left or right
arrow keys changes the wavelength
by a factor of 10.
Go to Activity: "Spectrum".
(Click on hyperlink to see the above Java Applet that goes along with activity.)
Using the above Java Applet to complete worksheet.
Activity 4: Tour the EM Spectrum
Go to: Take a Tour
of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Navigate to bottom of page to take a tour of the EM Spectrum
Students will discover and verify the relationship between Wavelength
and Frequency of the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
10 spectroscopes (Science Kit 45492 or 16525)
5 spectrum tubes (Science Kit 62999-01 -62999-55) (one
of these should be mercury)
1 incandescent light bulb
1 "plant grow" light bulb
1 Compact Fluorescent light fixture
4 Chemical Light Sticks (each lasts four hours)
1 Standard Fluorescent light tube
5 Spectrum tube power supplies (Science Kit 62999 26)
10 Packages of colored pencils
Nova Chemistry: Student Handout
Activities: Ordered list - Ordering the Spectrum
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