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ERIC Number: EJ869079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1515
A Simple Demonstration of Absorption Spectra Using Tungsten Holiday Lights
Birriel, Jennifer J.
Astronomy Education Review, v8 n1 p010203-1-010203-5 2009
In a previous paper submitted to the Demonstrations section (Birriel 2008, "Astronomy Education Review," 7, 147), I discussed using commercially available incandescent light bulbs for the purpose of demonstrating absorption spectra in the classroom or laboratory. This demonstration solved a long-standing problem that many of astronomy instructors face trying to demonstrate how astronomical objects, such as stars, exhibit absorption spectra. In this paper, I briefly describe using a strand of tungsten holiday lights to demonstrate absorption spectra and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using a holiday light strand versus the previously discussed, full-sized incandescent light bulbs. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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