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Title: Solar Blind
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 10: Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies. [S1] (6) 11: Describe units used to measure distance in space, including astronomical units and light years. [S1] (8) 12: Classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Subject: Science Title: Solar Blind
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Gather Data
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They conduct three experiments including a simulated ocean dive, using tinted Plexiglas to simulate water depth, and measuring light intensity within a column of water.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [MA2013] ALC (912) 3: Use formulas or equations of functions to calculate outcomes of exponential growth or decay. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Gather Data
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They conduct three experiments including a simulated ocean dive, using tinted Plexiglas to simulate water depth, and measuring light intensity within a column of water. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Wave Properties
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In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn the components of a wave then discuss the effects of wave height, wavelength, and wave period in determining the overall size of a wave. They use the National Geographic Wave Simulator to experiment with creating different kinds of waves. Discussion then focuses on the effects of geography on wave size as well as additional forces on boats trying to navigate waves.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Subject: Science  Earth science  Science  Oceanography  Social Studies  Geography Title: Wave Properties
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn the components of a wave then discuss the effects of wave height, wavelength, and wave period in determining the overall size of a wave. They use the National Geographic Wave Simulator to experiment with creating different kinds of waves. Discussion then focuses on the effects of geography on wave size as well as additional forces on boats trying to navigate waves. Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Make a Conjecture
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students view a picture and QuickTime video clip and then make conjectures about the relationship between light intensity and water depth.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Make a Conjecture
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students view a picture and QuickTime video clip and then make conjectures about the relationship between light intensity and water depth. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Night Lights
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [S1] A&P (912) 3: Classify major types of cells, including squamous, cuboidal, columnar, simple, and stratified. [S1] A&P (912) 5: Identify anatomical structures and functions of the integumentary system. [S1] A&P (912) 12: Identify structures and functions of the reproductive system. [S1] A&P (912) 14: Identify the endocrine glands and their functions.
Subject: Health, Science Title: Night Lights
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Shedding the Light
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In this fourlesson unit, from Illuminations, students investigate a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students examine the way light changes as water depth increases, conduct experiments, explore related algebraic functions using an interactive Java applet and analyze the data collected.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [MA2013] AL1 (912) 12: Create equations and inequalities in one variable, and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 23: Explain why the xcoordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations. Include cases where f(x) and/or g(x) are linear, polynomial, rational, absolute value, exponential, and logarithmic functions.* [AREI11] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 31: Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 32: Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the function. [FIF8] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 39: Observe, using graphs and tables, that a quantity increasing exponentially eventually exceeds a quantity increasing linearly, quadratically, or (more generally) as a polynomial function. [FLE3] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 45: Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related. [SID6] [MA2013] ALC (912) 3: Use formulas or equations of functions to calculate outcomes of exponential growth or decay. (Alabama) [MA2013] DM1 (912) 3: Use the recursive process and difference equations to create fractals, population growth models, sequences, series, and compound interest models. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Shedding the Light
Description: In this fourlesson unit, from Illuminations, students investigate a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water. The goal of this investigation is a rich exploration of exponential models in context. Students examine the way light changes as water depth increases, conduct experiments, explore related algebraic functions using an interactive Java applet and analyze the data collected. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Analyzing the Data
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They use an interactive Java applet to explore related algebraic functions.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [MA2013] AL1 (912) 12: Create equations and inequalities in one variable, and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions. [ACED1] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 28: For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums; symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.* [FIF4] [MA2013] AL1 (912) 31: Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology for more complicated cases.* [FIF7]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Analyzing the Data
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students explore the development of a mathematical model for the decay of light passing through water, in a rich exploration of exponential models in context. They use an interactive Java applet to explore related algebraic functions. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Reflect on Your Work
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In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine, reexamine, and compare the results obtained in previous lessons to enrich their mathematical understanding. Possibilities for students include examining the method of data analysis, asking What if questions, connecting the situation with other contexts, and further exploring the method of linearizing data.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [MA2013] AL1 (912) 41: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots). [SID1]
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Reflect on Your Work
Description: In this lesson, one of a multipart unit from Illuminations, students examine, reexamine, and compare the results obtained in previous lessons to enrich their mathematical understanding. Possibilities for students include examining the method of data analysis, asking What if questions, connecting the situation with other contexts, and further exploring the method of linearizing data. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
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Title: Solar Blind
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] (6) 10: Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies. [S1] (6) 11: Describe units used to measure distance in space, including astronomical units and light years. [S1] (8) 12: Classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Subject: Science Title: Solar Blind
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about a device for measuring light that can withstand the intensity of the Sun's rays. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Night Lights
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [S1] A&P (912) 3: Classify major types of cells, including squamous, cuboidal, columnar, simple, and stratified. [S1] A&P (912) 5: Identify anatomical structures and functions of the integumentary system. [S1] A&P (912) 12: Identify structures and functions of the reproductive system. [S1] A&P (912) 14: Identify the endocrine glands and their functions.
Subject: Health, Science Title: Night Lights
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear why bright nighttime lights could be bad for women's health. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection
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In this activity, students will work in pairs or in small groups to predict how to best make a rainbow. Crosscurricular extension activities are also included.
Standard(s): [S1] (5) 5: Contrast ways in which light rays are bent by concave and convex lenses. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection
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In this activity, students will work in pairs or in small groups to predict how to best make a rainbow. Crosscurricular extension activities are also included.
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Title: Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection
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In this activity, students will work in pairs or in small groups to predict how to best make a rainbow. Crosscurricular extension activities are also included.
Standard(s): [S1] (5) 5: Contrast ways in which light rays are bent by concave and convex lenses. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction.
Light, Prisms, and the Rainbow Connection
http://www.micro.mag...
In this activity, students will work in pairs or in small groups to predict how to best make a rainbow. Crosscurricular extension activities are also included.
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Title: Sound Wave
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This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students understand the mathematical models used to represent sound. Students come to understand the origins of the terms pitch, tone, frequency, and intensity, as well as explore the dynamics of a sound wave.
Standard(s): [S1] (8) 12: Classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. [S1] PHS (912) 9: Compare methods of energy transfer by mechanical and electromagnetic waves. [S1] PHY (912) 6: Describe wave behavior in terms of reflection, refraction, diffraction, constructive and destructive wave interference, and the Doppler effect. [S1] PHY (912) 7: Describe properties of reflection, refraction, and diffraction. [MA2013] ALT (912) 33: Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities.* [FBF1] [MA2013] ALT (912) 34: Identify the effect on the graph of replacing f(x) by f(x) + k, k f(x), f(kx), and f(x + k) for specific values of k (both positive and negative); find the value of k given the graphs. Experiment with cases and illustrate an explanation of the effects on the graph using technology. Include recognizing even and odd functions from their graphs and algebraic expressions for them.
[FBF3] [MA2013] ALT (912) 40: Choose trigonometric functions to model periodic phenomena with specified amplitude, frequency, and midline.* [FTF5] [MA2013] PRE (912) 26: Determine the amplitude, period, phase shift, domain, and range of trigonometric functions and their inverses. (Alabama)
Subject: Mathematics,Science Title: Sound Wave
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, helps students understand the mathematical models used to represent sound. Students come to understand the origins of the terms pitch, tone, frequency, and intensity, as well as explore the dynamics of a sound wave. Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations Grade Span: 9,10,11,12

