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KS3 Physics 8K Light

8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour
Contents 8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour Summary activities

What is light? Light carries energy and travels as a wave.
Light travels at a speed of 300,000,000 metres per second, which is much faster than the speed of sound. Light waves travel in straight lines.

Investigating light 1. Investigate how light travels using a glass trough filled with smoke. Use a slit to send rays of light into the tank and describe what you see. Light waves travel in straight lines. 2. Investigate which materials let light through by holding different materials between a lamp and a screen. Transparent material lets almost all the light pass through. Translucent material only allows some of the light through. Opaque material does not allow light to pass through.

Which materials let light through?

How do we see things? An object that gives out light is described as luminous. How does light from a luminous object such as a light bulb reach the eye? Light travels in a straight line directly into the eye. An object that does not give out light is non-luminous. How does your eye see a non-luminous object such as a book? Light from the light source hits the book and some of this light is reflected into the eye.

8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour
Contents 8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour Summary activities

Reflective materials Objects that reflect light well:
Have smooth, shiny surfaces and are usually pale colours. Give clear images because they reflect light regularly. Objects that do not reflect light well: Have rough, matt surfaces and are usually dark colours. Give diffuse images (or do not give any images) because they reflect light irregularly.

Working in pairs, one person is the ‘timer’ and the other person is the ‘reader’. The ‘reader’ turns their back and has to read a list of words using a mirror. They must read each word correctly before moving on to the next word. [ ] The ‘timer’ measures the time taken and the results for the whole class are recorded in a table like this: NO CHEATING! Teacher’s Notes A suggested list for the words that the reader has to view in the mirror is: dog man ball bat bike ants park fins pink litter sandy shark 1. Who read the words in the quickest time? 2. Plot a bar chart of the results. 3. What was the average time taken in the class?

What is lateral inversion?
A plane mirror reflects light regularly so it produces a clear image, which is the same size as the object. The image appears the same distance behind the mirror as the object is in front of it. What is different about the image compared to the object? When an object is reflected in a plane mirror, left appears as right and right appears as left. This type of reversal is called lateral inversion.

Reflection investigation
1. Fix a plane mirror to a piece of paper and draw around it. 2. Draw a normal (at 90°) through the centre of the mirror outline. angle i angle r 3. Use a ray box to shine an incident ray at the mirror – plot the incident and reflected rays. 4. Measure the angles of incidence [i] and reflection [r] and record the results. 5. Repeat for another four angles of incidence. 6. What do the results show?

Reflection ray diagram

Using reflection Reflection can be very useful.
High-visibility strips are very reflective and make sure that this cyclist gets noticed when there is little light. How does a periscope use reflection? The two plane mirrors must be positioned at 45° to each other. Light is reflected at right angles from the top mirror onto the bottom mirror and into the eye of the viewer. Where are periscopes used?

Reflection summary

Reflection – true or false?

8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour
Contents 8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour Summary activities

Refraction at the air-glass boundary

Refraction investigation
1. Place a rectangular glass block on a sheet of paper and draw around it. angle i angle r 2. Draw a normal at 90° to the top surface of the block. 3. Shine light rays, with angles of incidence [i] of 30°, 60° and 0°, into the block at the point where the normal meets the glass surface. Record the angle of refraction [r]. 4. Repeat the investigation for rays leaving the glass block. 5. What do the results show?

Refraction in a glass block

This causes the light to bend or refract.
Why is light refracted? The speed of light depends on the material through which the light is travelling. When light enters a different material (e.g. from air into glass), the speed of light changes. This causes the light to bend or refract. glass air The speed of light is affected by the density of the material through which it is travelling. When light enters a more dense medium (from air into glass), its speed decreases and this is why refraction occurs.

Refraction ray diagram

What happens during refraction?

Effects of refraction Refraction causes visual effects such as this ruler appearing to be bent. This happens because light from the part of the ruler in the water is refracted as it travels from the water into the air. How does refraction make this stone look closer to the surface of the water than it really is? Light rays from the stone are refracted as they leave the water. The brain assumes that these rays have travelled in straight lines and is fooled into forming an image where it thinks the image actual location light rays came from.

Effects of refraction – the Archer fish
The Archer fish is a predator that shoots jets of water at insects near the surface of the water, e.g. on a leaf. The Archer fish allows for the refraction of light at the surface of the water when aiming at its prey. image of prey prey location The fish does not aim at the refracted image it sees but at a location where it knows the prey to be.

Refraction summary

Refraction – true or false?

8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour
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Passing white light through a prism

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Splitting white light A prism splits a ray of white light into the colours of the rainbow. This process is known as dispersion. The colours that make up white light are called the spectrum. The order of the colours in the spectrum is always the same. Use this phrase to remember the order of colours: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain Y

Colours of the spectrum

Recombining colours

Newton’s disc animation
Teacher’s Notes Students can make their own Newton’s disc with a paper or card circle (coloured in using the primary colours or the colours of the spectrum) . Using string or a pencil to spin the disc around, get the students to think about the following questions: What do you predict you will see? What did you observe? What does this tell you?

Mixing coloured light

Primary and secondary colours
The three primary colours of light (red, green and blue) can be mixed in different amounts to make all other colours. blue magenta cyan red green yellow The colours made by mixing two primary colours are called the secondary colours – magenta, yellow and cyan.

Which primary colours?

How do we see different colours?

Seeing different colours
How do we see the different colours in this frog’s skin? This skin absorbs all colours. No colours are reflected and so it appears black. This skin absorbs all colours except red and so is seen as red. How do we see the different colours in this flower? This part absorbs all colours except red and green. It reflects red and green light, and so appears yellow. This part absorbs no colours. It reflects all the colours and so appears white.

Using filters of primary colours
A filter absorbs some colours of white light and lets other colours through to create coloured light. A red filter absorbs all colours… …apart from red light. A blue filter absorbs all colours… …apart from blue light. A green filter absorbs all colours... …apart from green light.

Using filters of secondary colours
A magenta filter absorbs all colours… …apart from red and blue. A cyan filter absorbs all colours… …apart from green and blue. A yellow filter absorbs all colours... …apart from red and green.

Seeing colours in coloured light

How do we see colours in coloured light?

Coloured light activity

What colour does it appear?

8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour
Contents 8K Light What is light? Reflection Refraction Colour Summary activities

absorption – When light is taken in by a material.
Glossary absorption – When light is taken in by a material. dispersion – The separating of the colours in light, e.g. when white light passes through a prism. image – A copy of an object formed when light is reflected from a mirror. light – A form of energy that is detected by the eyes. law of reflection – When light is reflected, the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. prism – A block of glass, usually triangular, which separates the colours in light. reflection – The bouncing back of light from a surface. refraction – The bending of light when it passes into a different medium, e.g. from air into glass. spectrum – The range of colours that make up white light.

Anagrams

Multiple-choice quiz

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