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Discovering Color With a Prism

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2000
Product Number: EG-2000-10-64-MSFC
Subjects: Physical Science

Sir Isaac Newton first performed this experiment about 300 years ago. Newton let a beam of sunlight pass through a glass prism and observed the spectrum. Students will make similar observations. Instructions for making a prism out of plastic are included.

Discovering Color With a Prism  [146KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Optics Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild