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Chapter 12 - Forms of Energy




Unit F - Forces and Energy

  • Chapter 12 - Form of Energy

What are the main forms of energy? How are they used?


Hands-on Activity

Light Quest

Particles and waves, reflection and refraction—how enlightened are you about the subject of light? Find out with Light Quest!, a kid-friendly trivia game.



Light, Matter, and Energy

Who was this genius named Einstein, and where did he get all his great ideas? Find out with this virtual tour of the many ways he changed science. It might just inspire the genius in you!


Hands-on Activity

See the Light

Light always travels in straight lines—that is, unless it bends or bounces off an object's surface. Take an enlightening look at light with these three easy experiments.


Curriculum Materials

Gathering Light

While refracting and reflecting telescopes use different means of collecting light, the same principle applies to both—the bigger the aperture, the more light collected.

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Curriculum Materials

Building a Spectroscope

White light is a mixture of all colors of visible light, but it doesn't always include every color of the rainbow. Build a spectroscope, and view the spectral fingerprints of different light sources.



What's the Angle?

Why is there such a dramatic temperature change between the equator and the South Pole? Explore all the angles of sunlight with a few thermometers and a heat lamp.



Amazing Albedo

There's a good reason why your summer attire is lighter and brighter than your winter wardrobe. This easy experiment illustrates the power of albedo in black and white.

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Curriculum Materials

White Light and Colored Light

When does mixing every color under the rainbow create pure white rather than a murky brown or black? When light, not paint, is the medium—and you're subtracting, not adding, color.



Peer at the world through the eyes of Einstein—a scientist who saw a beam of light and imagined riding it, a self-proclaimed "citizen of the world" who spoke out on global issues from pacifism to racism.

November 15, 2002 - January 1, 2003

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