Electromagnetic Radiation Science Games

In this series of games, your students will learn that an object can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes. Electromagnetic Radiation learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

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Concepts Covered

An object that does not emit light can be seen when light reflected from its surface enters the eyes. A great deal of light travels through space to Earth from the Sun and from distant stars. Some objects, such as the Sun or a flashlight, emit light. The colors that humans see when they observe an object depend on the colors of the available light sources as well as the properties of the object’s surface.

Light rays typically travel in a straight line until they strike an object. When light travels from one medium to another, it can bend and change directions; this is called refraction. Lenses can be used to bend, or refract, beams of light. Water and prisms can cause light to bend, or refract, when it passes through them. Mirrors and other shiny surfaces reflect beams of light, causing light to bounce off of them in a different direction.

Light cannot pass through an opaque material. When light passes through a translucent material, the images on the other side are blurry. Light can pass straight through a transparent material. There are different types of wave energy, including water waves, seismic waves, sound waves, and light waves. Light energy is used in many different common applications. Light is electromagnetic radiation with a specific wavelength and frequency.

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Tags: waves, energy, sound, amplitude, wavelength, light, color, refraction, water wave, seismic wave, sound wave, light wave, prism, opaque

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