Lighten Up!: The Science of Optics

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How does light travel? How do periscopes make light bend around corners? Why does an oil drop on water have color? How is a holograph created? Answers to these and many other questions are yours for the point and click as you surf the Net to learn more about optics, the study of light and its properties.

* Hello, Red Fox (www.eric-carle.com/HRFpage. html)--Popular children's author Eric Carle explores the properties of light and color in his book, Hello, Red Fox. The story introduces children ages 5-8 to the concept of complementary colors. Students read about red foxes that are green, orange cats that are blue, purple butterflies that are yellow, and so on. The author explains the "science" behind his story and he lists suggestions for follow-up activities.

* Patterns in Nature: Light and Optics (accept.la. asu.edu/PIN/mod/light/pattLjghtOptics.html)--At this information-rich, must-see site from the Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in Preparation of Teachers (ACEPT) and Arizona State University, you can explore the science of light from several perspectives. Obtain information (complete with suggested activities) on reflection and refraction; lenses, mirrors, and prisms; colors and the spectrum; and optics in nature. You'll also find a glossary of terms and readings on related topics.

* Lasers & Optics (members.aol.com/WSRNet/)--Everything you ever wanted to know about lasers (in a simple five-part tutorial), plus a brief history of optics (it begins with Euclid in 300 B.C.) are available at this site targeting students in grades 8-12, You'll also find links to American and U. …