Science, Optics and You Table of Contents Science, Optics and You is a science curriculum package being developed for teachers, students, and parents. These activities are designed to promote the asking and answering of questions related to light, color, and optics. The program begins with basic information about lenses, shadows, prisms, and color, leading up to the use of sophisticated instruments scientists use to help them understand the world. The goal of Science, Optics and You is for students to acquire the skills with which they can do microscopic analysis of a variety of samples in multiple ways. Timeline in Optics - A summary of important events in optics, microscopy, astronomy, and the physics of light and color. Pioneers in Optics - Since the early days in Alexandria when Euclid described the laws of reflection in Optica, the science of optics has fascinated and challenged society's most brilliant minds. Questions or comments?
Chemical & Engineering News: What's That Stuff? You might ask yourself... What's That Stuff? Ever wondered about what's really in hair coloring, Silly Putty, Cheese Wiz, artificial snow, or self-tanners? C&EN presents a collection of articles that gives you a look at the chemistry behind a wide variety of everyday products. Sort: Alphabetically (Text Only) | Most Recent
The Blog of Phyz: Jearl Walker's Kinetic Karnival All six 30-minute episodes of Jearl Walker's classic television series, the Emmy-winning Kinetic Karnival, are available online at Walker's MySpace page. I recommend watching them before showing them in class, although I'm sure you'd do that anyway. There are a few brief moments that sensitive educators might find objectionable. Most of us find ways to work around such trivialities, but it's always best to be aware. I developed video question sets for episodes 1, 2, 3, and 5. Here's a one-stop collection of Kinetic Karnival links for your convenience. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
The World's Darkest Substance: Vantablack | The Science Explorer What would you do if you were unable to see something that is right it front of you? No, you are not visually impaired, but you might be looking at a substance called Vantablack. This material is so black that it simply cannot be seen by the human eye. Our vision works by picking up reflected photons (light) from objects around us, which provides our brains with the source to construct the world we see. The substance Vantablack, however absorbs 99.9% of all light that strikes the substance. Therefore no photons are being reflected for our vision to pick up, which is why we are unable to see the substance. Our brains try to make sense of the situation, shading colors of other materials and objects around the Vantablack substance, and trying to provide us with something to observe. Check out this video by Nikola Slavkovic on Vantablack:
December 15 - On This Day in Chemistry | RSC He discovered radioactivity from uranium (U) salts and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 along with Pierre and Marie Curie. Related Resources Physics Materials – Physics! Blog! I am trying to find a way to easily share the materials that I use in my classes. They were originally based on physics Modeling Instruction with added parts borrowed from various sources, including Matt Greenwolfe among others. Contact me if you would like the files in a format other than PDF. I should also note that these are the materials I use with my students and that they are not a fully guided set of documents. Honors Physics My 2013 updates have tried to make the course a little tighter and sharper based on what my students were able to do last year. Constant Velocity Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Balanced Forces Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Constant Acceleration Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Unbalanced Forces Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Momentum Transfer Model: 2012 | 2013 Projectile Motion Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Energy Transfer Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Oscillating Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013 Central Force Particle Model Packet: 2012 | 2013
Bending Light - Index of Refraction, Light, Snell's Law - PhET Topics Snell's Law Refraction Reflection Optics Prisms Lenses Light Description Explore bending of light between two media with different indices of refraction. See how changing from air to water to glass changes the bending angle. Sample Learning Goals Explain how light bends at the interface between two media and what determines the angle.Apply Snell’s law to a laser beam incident on the interface between media.Describe how the speed and wavelength of light changes in different media.Describe the effect of changing wavelength on the angle of refraction.Explain how a prism creates a rainbow.
My Molecularium - Get the App for your mobile device! "Angry birds meets nanoscience, with this sling-shot style molecule building game...This is a fun game that is well worth the download." - Children's Technology Review My Molecularium is a fun and challenging molecule building game.Launch atoms at target bond sites to assemble essential molecules of increasing complexity and difficulty. Move your device to direct your shots using our innovative laser-guided aim. Learn to use the chemical and structural formulas to help you build a wide range of important molecules, from water and vitamin C to caffeine and adrenaline. Have fun learning about molecules as you play. Nominated for Best Mobile Game App of 2017 by The Best Mobile App Awards "My Molecularium is an outstanding app designed for chemistry and biochemistry students.
Investigation Roadmaps - Motion Introduction STC Motion and Design is a 15-lesson kit intended for students in grade 5. It introduces students to the physics of motion and the importance of technological design. Big Ideas This kit is focused on both science content ideas and science process skills. Force as a push or pull More… Foundational Images Along with a variety of drawings, sketches, and multiviews, three of our foundational images are used in conjunction with the STC Motion and Design kit: Vectors , Particles and the Magnifier tool. To get a better idea of how some of these foundational images can be used in the classroom, refer to the Motion and Design roadmap below. Welcome to Color Matters - Table of Contents CEF (Chemical Educational Foundation): You Be The Chemist Welcome to You Be The Chemist! The Chemical Educational Foundation's You Be The Chemist® (YBTC) programs are designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. To accomplish its mission, CEF relies on the collaboration of industry, educators, and all members of a community to enhance science education among every generation, beginning with our youth. CEF's current YBTC programs include: YBTC Essential Elements YBTC Essential Elements is designed to assist K–8 educators—our “essential elements” in education—in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives. Visit the Essential Elements page for more information on the 5E learning cycle format and how to bring an Essential Elements workshop to the schools in your community! YBTC Activity Guides YBTC Challenge CEF's Style Guidelines
Chemistry For All The "Chemistry for All" resources are not aligned to our new Michigan Science Standards. They are archived here to support the building of aligned storylines with associated phenomenon. A sample chemistry course, aligned to the new standards, is currently being built. MIT Chemistry Videos A series of two-minute videos relating concepts from textbook chemistry to current MIT research and applications in medicine, the environment, and energy Manipulate Molecules with a Free App Molecules is a free app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.