SHADOWS - How does light travel?

REFLECTION - How is light reflected on a plane mirror?

REFRACTION - How is light refracted (bent)?

CONCAVE  MIRRORS - How do they work? Who uses them?

LENSES - How does lens thickness affect focal length?
                - What are their characteristics?  What is focal length?

ADDING LIGHT COLOURS - What colours are produced when two or three colours are added?

SUBTRACTING LIGHT COLOUR - How do the colour of various objects appear when viewed through various colours of filters?

OPTICAL DEVICES - Can you design and build an optical device such as: reflecting telescope, refracting telescope, microscope, kaleidoscope, spectometer or periscope?

... is the sky blue?
... are some sunsets so colourful?
... can animals see in the dark?
... does the ocean look blue?
... do fireflies glow?
... do things glow in the dark?
... can lasers cut through steel but be safe enough to use on your eyes?

How do things such as cameras, microscopes, binoculars work?
A good general site for you to get an understanding of optics.
Interactive java - some are very good, also have short tutorials
Many great illusions can be found here.
Do you have any ideas on how to make coloured shadows?
A good site for you to try things yourself.
Everyone is interested in Optical illusions. Take a peek! Full of illusions, sterograms plus much more.
This site has a list of several sites that you can go to, to check out light.
1. Light and Optics - Homepage
   What is light?       

2. Electomagnetic Spectrum + Waves

3. Reflection and Refraction

4. Lenses, Light and Your Eyes

5. Optical illusions

To Electromagnetic Spectrum, Colour and Waves  p.2
Here are some other very good sites.  Be sure to take a look.
p.1 of 5
View a PowerPoint Presentation
by Will Richards
Optics for Kids
Science, optics & you
How Stuff Works
Virtual Labs
Eye Tricks - illusions
More illusions
Teacher Resources
Science Homepage
HOME - bj's MST
What is Light?  Light is everywhere and it allows us to receive information about the world around. Light comes from many sources such as fire, light bulbs, fire flies and of course the sun. Imagine living in a world without sunlight - a world of darkness (no plants would grow therefore no crops for people or food for animals, no heat from the sun - perhaps a frozen barren world). In truth, light is the only thing that we can see; but what is it?
Light is a form of radiant energy that you can detect with your eyes. Light energy comes from chemical energy, electrical energy and nuclear energy. It is a combination of electrical and magnetic energy that travels very, very fast. It is estimated to travel at approximately 300 000 km per second. It can pass through anything that is transparent, sort of passes through translucent objects (frosted window) but doesn't make it through opaque objects such as a brick wall.
There are two types of light: luminous - objects that emit their own light (sun) and non-luminous - objects that do not emit light (flashlight that is switched off)
Light is made-up of photons which are very small particles of energy. When these photons move or the light travels, it travels in straight lines but in small waves.  An example would be tossing a pebble into a pond. The ripples produced, (small waves) travel in a straight line away from the source, the pebble.  Light shares the characteristics of both particles and waves.
Examples of luminous light sources are:
a) light from incandescence - the process of emitting light because
of high temperature
b) light from electrical discharge - the process of emitting light because of
electricity passing through a gas
c) light from fluorescence - the process of emitting light while receiving
energy from another source
d) light form phosphorescence - the process of emitting light for some
time after receiving energy from another source  

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The Physics Classroom
Lesson 1: Reflection and its Importance
Lesson 2: Image Formation in Plane Mirrors
Lesson 3: Concave Mirrors
Lesson 4: Convex Mirrors
The Science of Light
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