Classroom Activity

Discovering Color With a Prism
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 9-12


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.