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How to See Small Things Part I: Optical Transform Kit


This presentation is a product of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Chemical Education (ICE). Included in your kit is a presentation manual with directions. For further information please check here.




This presentation will guide you through simulating diffraction experiments in introductory courses.



In your kit there are four diffraction slides, one red laser, one green laser, and one mini-Maglite (white light source).



Follow the guided procedure outlined in the manual to begin testing X-ray diffraction.



Test each of the diffraction slides.



Reference the manual for background information, follow-up questions, and further resources for your class!

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This presentation meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

  • K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
  • 5–8: Structure and properties of matter
  • 5–8: Physical principles underlie biological structures and functions
  • 9–12: Atomic and molecular structure
  • 9–12: Motions and forces

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K–4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 5–8: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 9–12: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.