Light and Polarization: Learn from Einstein the properties of light

Learn how to use polarizing filters like real photographers do. Albert Einstein will help you shed light on the fascinating world of electromagnetic waves by playing with lasers, mirrors and polarizing filters. Will you be able to capture the magnificent scenery of Antarctica with your camera?

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Light is everywhere around us. Not only does it help us see, but it also plays a key role in photography. In the Light and Polarization simulation you will meet Einstein who will introduce you to the the physics of light. Find out what light is, how it propagates, and how you can change its polarization using filters. You will become a light wizard and boost your photography skills by capturing the beauty of wildlife in a hostile environment like Antarctica.

Determine the source of electromagnetic waves

Join Einstein in the Light and Polarization lab and see how everyday objects produce waves of various frequencies and wavelengths that define the electromagnetic spectrum. Some of them are visible, others are not. But don’t worry, even though you cannot see them in real life, there are no restrictions in a virtual simulation!

Reflection and refraction

Learn how light is reflected and refracted when travelling from one medium to another. What happens to light when it hits a lake or ice? Here you will set up your own optical table with a laser, mirrors and glasses and become an expert in reflection and refraction.

Light polarization

From sunglasses to LCD technology, the applications of light polarization in our everyday life are endless! Here you will look at polarizing filters to learn the principles of light polarization, and you will use them to enhance the outcome of photography.

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Learn how to use polarizing filters like real photographers do. Albert Einstein will help you shed light on the fascinating world of electromagnetic waves by playing with lasers, mirrors and polarizing filters. Will you be able to capture the magnificent scenery of Antarctica with your camera?

Techniques in lab
Polarizing filters, Optical table
Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Define the wave/particle duality of light
  • Use the electromagnetic spectrum to classify waves based on their wavelength and frequency
  • Apply the law of reflection and refraction to predict how light interacts with interfaces
  • Show the principles of linear polarization
  • Use polarizing filters to adjust light intensity
Simulation features

Length: 29
Accessibility mode: Not available
Languages: English (United States)

NGSS

No direct alignment

IB

No direct alignment

AP

No direct alignment