The Light Tour
A self-tutorial that introduces the electromagnetic spectrum through the concepts of wavelength and amplitude. Students learn to associate various wavelength ranges with different spectral bands, and can explore images from space astronomy missions in each band.
1. What are the properties of light?
2. What is the difference between wavelength and amplitude
?3. What can astronomers see using different spectral bands?
1. Students will know the wave-like character of light.
2. Students will know the characteristics of different spectral bands.
3. Students will know the eight (8) types of electromagnetic radiations by wavelength.
Detailed Learning Objectives
General Subject Areas
Atmospheric Science, Space Physics
Author: Robyn Battle
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Students will explore the basic properties of light through a web-based tutorial. Students will be encouraged to guess the angstrom of relating types of light and then research and document everything learned about each type of light.
Browser skills, number manipulation, ability to search the web and do library research.
Worksheet: Wavelength form
Worksheet: Electromagnetic Spectrum
Wavelength form and chart for making diagrams of the spectrum and labeling different spectral bands.
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1 hour prep time; 1-3 class periods. Students do research outside of class.
-Internet connected computer with WWW browseing capabilities
-Ability to print html pages as text
-EM Spectrum worksheets )masters provided)
Best For Grades
National Science Education Standards (NSES)
State Science Standards
Grade 5 Earth Sciences
Grade 7 Life Science
Grade 8 Physical Science
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