Lightwave Scenario

SMALLab - Lightwave

This scenario enables students to explore the relationship between wavelength and color for light on the visible spectrum. Two students work together to match a target wavelength/color by adjusting the distance that they are standing apart. If they are close, they see and hear a short wavelength. If they stand far apart, the wavelength lengthens. Student pairs are tasked with matching target wavelengths and carrying them to their position on a color spectrum.

Lightwave screenshot

Lightwave screenshot

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