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1 Grade 8 Science Unit 2: Optics Chapter 4: Many properties of light can be understood using a wave model of light.

2 Lasers


4 The History of Light Pythagoras A Greek philosopher Believed that beams of light were made of tiny particles. The eyes detected these particles and could see the object.


6 OPTICS Speed of Light ___________ (in 1638) is believed to be the first person to try to measure the speed of light., Scientists believed that determining the speed of light would help them understand the nature of light. No, the speed of light was simply too fast to be measured this way. There was no way the time could have been measured using the tools Galileo had. Was he successful?

7 Albert Michelson First person to sucessfully measure the speed of light (3 x 10 8 m/s) 8

8 OPTICS Albert Michelson First person to measure the speed of light (3 x 10 8 m/s)

9 Speed: Light vs. Sound Light 1 000 000 000 km/h Sound 1 200 km/h

10 OPTICS Speed: Light vs. Sound Light 300 000 000 m/s Sound 343 m/s Nothing travels faster than the speed of light !


12 Thunder & Lightning

13 Both the lightning strike and the roar of thunder happen at the same time. You see the lightning first. WHY? If you multiply the time in seconds between the strike and the roar by the speed of sound, you will find the approximate distance.

14 Orion's Belt The light takes thousands of years to reach our eyes

15 Whenever you look into the night sky, for example, you’re really looking back into time. The stars you see are so far away that the light they emit takes years to reach us. Nearby stars are tens or hundreds light-years away.

16 OPTICS A light-year is the distance light travels in one year. It take 8 minutes for light to get to earth to from the sun! 8 minutes


18 Light Technologies Include... Microscope Telescope Periscope Binoculars Fibre optics Camera

19 Prescription contact lenses Laser Movie projectors Overhead projectors

20 Light Light: a form of energy that can be detected by the human eye. Visible light: a mixture of all the colors of the rainbow.

21 Rainbow

22 Properties of Visible Light... 1. Light travels in a straight line. (rectilinear propagation)

23 2. Light reflects (reflection) Mirror Dust

24 3. Light refracts (Refraction) “The Bent Stick Effect”

25 4. Light Disperses (dispersion) Light separates into its constituent colors.

26 5. Light travels through a vacuum (does not require a medium; no particles involved)

27 6. Travels through objects to different degrees

28 Visible Light Spectrum Can be seen due to the dispersion of light through a prism.

29 The constituent colors of white light are: Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet ROY G BIV **Red has the smallest refraction and violet has the greatest.

30 When a laser is shone through a prism, the light will refract but disperse. Why? A laser light is one color only!

31 The Wave Model Explains that light is a type of wave that travels through empty space and transfers energy from one place to another

32 A Wave... * A Peak is also called the crest.

33 Frequency: the number of repetitive motions that occur during a given time. Ex. The number of wavelengths that pass a point in 1 second. Measured in Hertz

34 Amplitude: the height of a wave crest or depth of a wave trough as measured from the rest position. crest height = trough depth The larger the amplitude, the greater the energy transported.

35 Wavelength: the distance from crest to crest, trough to trough or the distance covered by one complete crest and one complete trough. Measured in meters Longer wavelengths refract the least.

36 Frequency and Wavelength High frequency waves have short wavelengths Low frequency waves have long wavelengths

37 Wave Simulation oceanrace/interactives/waves/index.html oceanrace/interactives/waves/index.html php?sim=Wave_on_a_String php?sim=Wave_on_a_String php?sim=Wave_Interference php?sim=Wave_Interference

38 07_int_frequency/ 07_int_frequency/

39 So, the shorter the wavelength the greater the frequency….this is called an inverse relationship.

40 Wavelength - Frequency Relationship

41 Electromagnetic Radiation The transmission of energy in the form of waves that extend from the longest radio waves to the shortest gamma rays.

42 Electromagnetic Radiation

43 Types of Electromagnetic Radiation 1. Radio waves: the longest wavelength and lowest energy and frequency. Can be used to help us see the inside of our bodies to diagnose illness. Ex. MRI

44 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

45 2. Microwaves: have the shortest wavelength and the highest frequency of all radio waves. Ex. Microwave ovens, telecommunication satellites, radio telescopes, radar (remote sensing)

46 How a Microwave Works Microwave ovens use a specific frequency that is strongly absorbed by water molecules in food.

47 3. Infrared Waves: longer wavelength and lower energy and frequency. Infrared means below red Also called heat radiation Ex. Remote controls, computer, heat lamps, motion sensors

48 Infrared Radiation LANDSAT Image of Fire

49 4. Visible Light Spectrum Can be continually detected by our eyes.

50 5. Ultraviolet Waves: shorter wavelength and higher energy and frequency. Very energetic Have the ability to kill bacteria in food and water and medical supplies. Ex. Sun, detect fingerprints

51 Using Ultraviolet Radiation

52 6. X-Rays: have a shorter wavelength, and higher energy and frequency than UV. Used to photograph teeth, bones and the inside of machines, security screening

53 X-Ray Imaging

54 7. Gamma Rays: have the highest energy and frequency and the shortest wavelength. Result from nuclear reactions. Produced by the hottest regions of the universe.

55 Gamma Rays: Nuclear Explosion Gamma Rays: Medical Treatment

56 Electromagnetic Radiation... A Safety Concern? Generally, higher energy electromagnetic radiation is more harmful to humans. The Earth’s atmosphere is able to protect us from some of the more dangerous electromagnetic radiation present in space, making the Earth a safe place for humans. Changes to present conditions may comprise our safety.

57 Positive and Negative Effects to Exposure to Electromagnetic Radiation X-RaysUltravioletRadio Waves Positive Effects Medical detection Used to treat jaundice in babies Improved tele- communication Negative Effects Over- exposure can lead to cancer Skin cancerUncertain of long-term exposure

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