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Kaleidoscoptical Activity—Demonstration Kit

By: Bob Becker, Kirkwood H.S., Kirkwood, MO

Item #: AP8781 

Price: $57.85

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The Kaleidoscoptical Activity Chemical Demonstration Kit demonstrates key concepts of the visible light spectrum and optical activity. Students use two pieces of polarized filter material and corn syrup to reveal a rotating array of colors.

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A radially polarized filter is placed on an overhead projector and a parallel polarized filter is positioned above it. The image produced shows four quadrants, alternating light-dark-light-dark. As an optically active solution is poured between them in a beaker, the image rotates and separates into a beautiful array of spectrum colors.

Concepts: Visible light spectrum, optical activity.
Time Required: 15 minutes 
Note: A 600-mL tall-form beaker, corn syrup and an overhead projector are needed.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Linear polarizer, 4" x 12"
Linear polarizer, 6" x 5½"
Polarized filter pattern, 8½" x 14"

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Energy and matter
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
HS-PS4-3. Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.