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ERIC Number: EJ1003035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Playing with Light: Adventures in Optics and Spectroscopy for Honors and Majors General Chemistry
van Staveren, Marie N.; Edwards, Kimberly D.; Apkarian, V. A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n11 p1447-1449 Nov 2012
A lab was developed for use in an undergraduate honors and majors general chemistry laboratory to introduce students to optics, spectroscopy, and the underlying principles of quantum mechanics. This lab includes four mini-experiments exploring total internal reflection, the tunneling of light, spectra of sparklers and colored candles, and emission spectra of gases. These mini-experiments were of a mixture of styles, from open-ended inquiry, to more traditional cookbook experiments, and were chosen to echo current graduate research. In the accompanying lecture, students were given an overview of quantum mechanics and a primer on what type of information can be gleaned from a spectrum. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A