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Build a Spectroscope—Student Laboratory Kit

By: David A. Katz, Retired, Wilmington, DE

Item #: AP7161 

Price: FREE

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In the Build a Spectroscope Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics, build a spectroscope and not only see the spectrum of colors from visible light, but also see why different light sources produce different spectra.

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Show students a spectroscope, and they can see the spectrum of colors from visible light. Let them build a spectroscope, however, and suddenly students discover not only why white light is separated, but also why different light sources produce different kinds of spectra. With this kit, students build their own handmade spectroscopes using C-Spectra™ diffraction gratings and sturdy cardboard tubes. They then use their spectroscopes to view continuous spectra, line emission spectra and absorption spectra produced by a variety of common light sources. Kit includes complete instructions with reproducible student handouts, valuable Teacher Notes and enough materials to make 15 spectroscopes.


Materials Included in Kit:
Black construction paper, 9" x 12", 2 pieces
Cardboard mailing tubes, 15
C-spectra, 2" x 4"
Electrical tape, black

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties

Crosscutting Concepts

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.