Light and Matter Interactions (An 8-page activity originally by Concord MW team, modified by Ed O'Sullivan, Parkland College)
Interactive, scaffolded model
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Students are introduced to the basic concepts of light, followed by several interactive simulations that model the interactions of light with matter.
Students will be able to:
• manipulate intensity and frequency of light, including adjusting intensity and seeing its effect on the heating of matter;
• replicate in a model a beam of photons of particular intensity and energy;
• describe two fates of light-matter interaction: passage through, or absorption and consequence by matter;
• generate and read an absorption spectrum.
Interdisciplinary science, Science and modern technology, Biotechnology, Photonics
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Adapted from the CC original by Edward O'Sullivan, Parkland College, Champagne, Ill.
Last Update: 11/25/2008
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