Climate Change Investigation 2-1:

Two Prisms

diagram of two prisms for experiment

If you can borrow two prisms, you might try splitting a beam of light into its different colors, then combining the light again into a single beam—just as Isaac Newton did more than 300 years ago.

• Use the Sun or an electric light bulb for your source of light.

• Put a slit in a sheet of paper to create a single beam of light.

• Align the prism and then the second prism to create your spectrum and then turn the spectrum back into white light.


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