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Light and Matter: Models and Applications

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). Electromagnetic waves show a huge range in terms of frequency and wavelength, but the same basic principles underlie wave behaviour: understanding one application can help us understand others based on the same principle. The booklet provides an overview of some of the models we use in discussing phenomena such as reflection, diffraction patterns, polarisation and emission spectra, and provides a practical introduction to how electromagnetic radiation can be used to study objects and matter.

The Light and Matter booklet contains an illustrated overview of the topic with suggestions for teachers on how to introduce the ideas in the classroom, plus student activity sheets and notes for teachers and technicians.
The downloadable resources include:
• Student activities: zip files containing the activity sheets in PDF and editable Word formats.
• PowerPoint presentations: these contain a complete set of the images used in the booklet and activity sheets.
• Further resources include computer spreadsheet models and guidance on using sound analysis software.

The ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ publications are supported by low-cost practical resources available from Mindsets:
* SEP publications and resources from Mindsets
* Practical resources for Light and Matter

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