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Light and Matter Interactions

Light and Matter Interactions

In this activity, by the Concord Consortium's Molecular Literacy project, students "are introduced to the basic concepts of light, followed by several interactive simulations that model the interactions of light with matter." The activity itself is a java-based interactive resource built upon the free, open source Molecular Workbench software. In the activity, students are allowed to explore at their own pace in a digital environment full of demonstrations, questions to answer, and models they can manipulate. The content of the module is divided into eight pages: Introducing Light and Photons, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, Photon Absorption and Emission 1 and II, Different Substances Have Different Photon Absorptions and Emissions, Light Can Heat Matter, Simulating Black Color, and Heated Matter Can Emit Light. In addition to the activity, visitors will find an overview of the activity, assessments and rubric, details of the central concepts, and correlation of the concepts to AAAS and NSES standards.


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