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Physics: Radiation


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Age Range:
14 - 17 years
Estimated Course Length:
30 hours
9th - 12th grade
Basic algebra.
Materials Included:
Course Study Guide, Study Booklet, Lab Supervisor Manual, and Examination.

Product Description

What is being referred to when people speak of "radiation"? How is radiation produced? Have you ever noticed how a straw can look bent when you see it in a glass? What causes this, and how do scientists use this effect?

This course is designed to develop an understanding of radiation as the fundamental form of energy transfers, underlying everything from chemistry to radio transmissions.  

It develops familiarity with the modern physics views of energy quanta and photon emissions through experiments with the light spectra of various materials.  

Materials You Need to Supply: Flame test wire such as platinum, gas burner, boric acid, strontium nitrate, sodium chloride (table salt), copper (cupric) chloride and copper (cupric) sulfate, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), distilled water, deep blue glass (e.g. cobalt glass), narrow-beam flashlight, large beaker or glass, prism, three light sources with variable intensities, light filters of red, blue and green, flat black background approximately 2 feet by 2 feet, pasteboard (like shirt cardboard).  Optional: Access to the Internet.