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Measure the Speed of Light - With Chocolate!  
Youtube clip

Measure the Speed of Light Using Chocolate 
This experiment from Planet Science uses measurement of the distance between two spots of chocolate melted in the microwave (electromagnetic radiation) to measure and calculate the speed of light.

Studyjam from Scholastic.  Flash Player required.

Light Absorption, Reflection and Refraction 
Studyjam from Scholastic.  Flash Player required.

Discovering Light  
Learn about the properties of light, its uses and the mysteries that still surround the visible energy. 

Speed of Light 
This site from Speed of Light presents information and interactive resources on the speed of light 

Dispersion of Light    
This webpage describes the dispersion of light. It examines concepts such as index of refraction, wavelength, spectrum of light, rainbow and camera lenses. There is also a review quiz.

The Speed of Light  
This page presents early ideas about light propagation, measuring the speed of light with Jupiter's moons, Bradley's starlightand rain, Galileo's lanterns, Galileo's theory of relativity, and Michelson's measurement of the speed of light.

How Fast Does Light Travel    
This article provides answers to questions about the speed of light, a history of the theory, Einstein and special relativity, what is a light year, is the speed of light really constant, and can we travel faster than the speed of light.



Bullroarer in action. 
Youtube clip

Sounds Amazing 
This site will help you to understand physics, sound and waves. You can also access acoustic and audio related web demonstrations and experiments. Flash Player is required for most pages on this site.

Sounds Amazing Worksheet

Sound Waves  
Illustration of the movement of sound waves, pitch and volume.

From Studyjams: sound is energy that travels as a result of vibration.It can be characterised by frequency, loudness and pitch and is measured in decimals.

Changing sounds
From the BBC  Flash Player required.

Overview of Sound Waves   
Description of sound, characteristics of sound waves, creation and detection of sound.

Kids Science - Sound  
Two different experiments to help demonstrate some of the physics of sound.

The Doppler Effect  
You hear the high pitch of the siren of the approaching ambulance, and notice that its pitch drops suddenly as the ambulance passes you. Why?


Calculating the speed of light using marshmallows


Sounds and Waves


Light - Sarah Jane Adventures

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Interactives for Computer

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