A science experiment that explores reflected light.
Can we make predictions about where light will be reflected? Let’s investigate!
This Physical Sciences experiment allows students to investigate the relationship between the angles of incidence and reflection. It also allows young scientists to demonstrate their ability to design a fair test and follow the experiment procedure.
Students follow the scientific method to conduct the experiment in small groups and then complete the worksheet provided.
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|straight line||visible spectrum||light source|
|law of reflection||plane mirror||natural light|
|concave lens||convex mirror||concave mirror|
|electromagnetic wave||particle-wave theory|
Australian Curriculum alignment
- Science > Year 5 > Science Understanding > Physical sciences > ACSSU080
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > ACSIS093
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > ACSIS091
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS218
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and predicting > ACSIS231
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > ACSIS090
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS087
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- Science > Year 5 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > ACSIS086
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