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Theme: Light and Its Interaction with Matter

Light is everywhere around us, and humans wouldn't be able to survive without it.

Reflection, Refraction, Transmission, Scattering (Part 1)

HUMANIZING SCIENCE 2019 - 2020

HHA SCIENCE CLUB EXPERIMENTS AND PHOTOS

Any of these activities can be tried alone. 

At a large event, participants can group into six teams that rotate through all five experiments at different stations. (One activity is a competition between two teams.) 

KHET (REFLECTION)

(Two teams)

 

Use reflection to play a game.

 

Objective:

- How can you control the direction of light from its source to illuminate an object?

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LIGHT UP BAG AND WIGGLING SPOTS (REFLECTION)
 

Use lasers and plastic bags filled with water and air to experiment with reflection.

 

Objectives:

- How can you use reflection to light up the whole bag?

- How can you reflect light from the interface of different materials and make light spots? - How can you determine which interfaces the spots are coming from?

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 INTERNAL REFLECTION
 

Shine the laser through the hole when water is flowing out.

 

Objective:

- Can you see the light “bending” with the water? 

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BENDING LIGHT AT AN AIR/WATER INTERFACE (REFRACTION AND SCATTERING)

- Use the straw and watch how it bends when it enters the water

- Use red laser and measure angle of refraction with protractor and calculate refractive index.

 

Objectives

- In which direction does the straw bend?

- In which direction does the red laser light refract?

- Does the angle of refraction differ depending on the angle in which the straw and the light enter the water?

- Do you notice a difference in how the light refracts depending on which side (air or water) you view it from?

- Can you use Snell’s Law?

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CREATING AN INVERTING LENS FROM WATER (REFRACTION)

Observe the inversion of objects through water in a cylindrical jar

 

Objectives:

- What happens to the direction of an arrow when it is observed through air and when it is observed through water in a jar?

- Can you draw light rays to show why the water inverts an image?

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Coming Soon: Absorption, Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, and Diffraction

(Part 2)