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In the Laser Pointer Education Kit for physical science and physics, shine a light on the topics of reflection, refraction and diffraction. Contains 8 experiments that involve a laser pointer.

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Shine a light on the topics of reflection, refraction and diffraction! In eight laboratory experiments, students will use a simple laser pointer to measure the angle of reflection, determine the index of reflection of water, learn about polarization, observe and evaluate total internal reflection and use the property of diffraction to measure the wavelength of light generated by the laser pointer. Nine teacher demonstration activities are also provided to help bring these unusual properties of light to life in your classroom. This kit is a bargain!

Includes detailed student handouts, background information, teacher notes and enough materials for one student group. Some common household and laboratory items are required for the teacher demonstrations. A laser pointer is required and available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Systems and system models
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
HS-PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.
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.