Optics and prisms

Learning Material  |  Interactive Lesson  |  RAR

Position a prism to split white light into its component colors. Predict the seven colors that will be produced. Test whether the colors seen are affected by the prism material: glass, flint glass or diamond. Explore whether filters add or remove colors from the spectrum. This learning object is a combination of three learning objects in the same series.
Students use a triangular prism to split white light into the visible spectrum.
Students explain the dispersion of white light by referring to its composition and differential refraction of colors.
Students compare the dispersion produced by prisms of different materials.
Students explain the action of colored filters by referring to absorption of colors from white light.

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K to 12
Grade 8, Grade 10
Force Motion and Energy
Learners, Students

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