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The UVa-JLab Summer 2014 Program

This the third consecutive jointly offered UVa-JLab summer program. This summer we will cover Light & Optics. The UVa Workshop will be offered July 14-25, and the JLab Workshop will be offered July 28-August 8. The link for the application to the UVa workshop is HERE
and the link for the application to the workshop at Jefferson Lab is HERE.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2014.

The summer programs for physical science and physics teachers grew out of initiatives sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the University of Virginia and Jefferson Lab. The summer program inlcudes both instructions for hands-on laboratory activities, exploration of teaching methods, creating lesson plans, and seminars on the latest physics research . A website containing all resources and activities designed to cover Virginia SOLS is made available so that teachers throughout the Commonwealth can have access to new teaching materials for instructing their students. We are also pleased to share and include lesson plans and videos devised by participating teachers from previous years.

The Summer 2014 Workshop will explore topics such as light rays, images, shadows, reflection, refraction, disperson, color, and lenses, interference, polarization, and diffraction as well as teaching practices to support classroom integration of this material.

  • Academic year follow-up
  • Receive:
    • $1500 stipend ($1000 in the summer, $500 near the end of the academic year)
    • Free Light and Optics Kit
    • Earn 3 graduate credits for UVa PHYS 6253
    • Free VAST PDI registration
  • Network with fellow science teachers

Faculty and Staff

UVa Physics Faculty

Dr. Richard Lindgren


Professor Lindgren has created online and graduate courses for K-12 teachers including activities and videos since the late nineties. Email: ral5q@virginia.edu

JLab Office of Science Education

Steve Gagnon


Steve has developed numerous hands-on activities, web resources and videos in support of Jefferson Lab's Science Education program. Email: gagnon@jlab.org

UVa Science Ed Faculty

Dr. Frackson Mumba


Dr. Mumba has worked extensively with science teachers in many outreach and professional development programs Email: fm4v@virginia.edu

Dr. Jennifer Maeng


Dr. Maeng has worked with numerous science teachers across Virginia in PD and curriculum development settings. Email: jlc7d@virginia.edu


2014 Summer Program: Light & Optics

UVa Workshop Schedule

Mon, Jul 14
Tue, Jul 15
Wed, Jul 16
Thu, Jul 17
Fri, Jul 18

8:15 Welcome / Snacks
8:30 Overview - Richard Lindgren
9:00 Pre-Assessment
10:00 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:30 Guest Speaker
2:30 Activity Share
3:30 Touring
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart

8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Activity Share
3:15 Touring
4:30 Depart

Mon, Jul 21
Tue, Jul 22
Wed, Jul 23
Thu, Jul 24
Fri, Jul 25

8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:00 Activity Share
2:00 Guest Speaker
3:00 Touring
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Post-Assessment
3:00 Wrap-Up
4:30 Depart


JLab Workshop Schedule

Mon, Jul 28
Tue, Jul 29
Wed, Jul 30
Thu, Jul 31
Fri, Aug 1

8:15 Welcome / Snacks
8:30 Overview - Richard Lindgren
9:00 Pre-Assessment
10:00 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:30 Guest Speaker
2:30 Activity Share
3:30 Touring
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart

8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Activity Share
3:15 Touring
4:30 Depart

Mon, Aug 4
Tue, Aug 5
Wed, Aug 6
Thu, Aug 7
Fri, Aug 8

8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:00 Activity Share
2:00 Guest Speaker
3:00 Touring
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart


8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Lesson Plans
4:30 Depart



8:15 Note Review / Lab Objective
8:30 Lab
12:00 Lunch

1:15 Post-Assessment
3:00 Wrap-Up
4:30 Depart




Light & Optics

Lab Activities



Lab 1 Light Rays, Shadows, and Light Sources
            Activity 1: Light Rays, Shadows, and Light Sources [video]
            Activity 2: How does the nature of a shadow depend on the distance between the light source and the object projecting the shadow? [video]
            Activity 3: How does the nature of a shadow depend on the distance between the object and the shadow? [video]
            Activity 4: Square hole - round shadow - hmmm [video]
Slides * Notes * Assignment

Lab 2 Pinhole Viewer Box
            Activity 1: Construction of the pinhole camera [video]
            Activity 2: Image of the light bulb
            Activity 3: Effect of distance between the pinhole and the lightbulb (object) [video]
Slides * Notes * Assignment
Lab 3 Pinhole Viewer Box Continued and Measuring the Diameter of the Sun
            Activity 1: Effect of the distance between the viewing screen and the pinhole on the image size [video]
            Activity 2: Effect of the diameter of the pinhole on the size, clarity, and brightness of the image [video]
            Activity 3: Measuring the diameter of the sun
Slides * Notes * Assignment
Lab 4 Reflection of Light Rays
            Activity 1: Tracing reflected light rays from a mirror [video]
            Activity 2: Making a laser line from a laser spot [video]
            Activity 3: Verifying the Law of Reflection [video]
            Activity 4: Light Maze Prediction [video]
            Activity 5: Where to put the mirror
Lab 5 Refraction of Light
            Activity 1: The Broken Pencil [video]
            Activity 2: Rules of Refraction [video]
            Activity 3: Where's my money [video]
            Activity 4: Seeing Multiples
            Activity 5: Thick Lenses and Beam Spreaders [video]
            Activity 6: The focusing and Spreading out of parallel rays of light [video]
Lab 6 Color, Waves, and Dispersion
            Activity 1: Observing a Spectrum of Light using a Diffraction Grating
            Activity 2: Evaluaton of color light filters
            Activity 3: Dispersion of Sunlight from a Prism
            Activity 4: Spectrum of light from overhead Projector using a slit and diffraction grating [video]
            Activity 5: Spectrum of subtractive light from overhead projector using an anti-slit and diffraction grating
Lab 7 Refraction, Ray Tracing, and Snell's Law
            Activity 1: Snell's Law [video]
            Activity 2: Model of a Lens
Lab 8 Curved Mirrors, ray Diagrams, and Simulations
            Activity 1: Focal Length of a Concave Mirror using Parallel Rays - Method I
            Activity 2: Focal Length of a Concave Mirror using Equidistance - Method II [video]
            Activity 3: Focal Length of a Concave Mirror using Graphical Analysis - Method III [video]
            Activity 4: Computer Simulation Illustrating Graphical Analysis
            Activity 5: Ray Diagrams for Concave Mirrors
Lab 9 Lenses, Lens Equation, and Simulations
            Activity 1: Focal length of a convex lens
            Activity 2: Size and brightness of the image from a convex lens [video]
            Activity 3: Relationship between Object Distance and Image Distance for a Convex Lens [video]
            Activity 4: Size of the Lens and Intensity Relationship
            Activity 5: The Effect of Changing the Index of Refraction of the Lens
Lab 10 Using Multiple Lenses
            Activity 1: Focal Length of a Concave Lens (Simulation)
            Activity 2: Back-to-Back Double Convex Lens and Plano-Convex Lens [video]
            Activity 3: Back-to-Back Double Convex Lens and Double -Concave Lens [video]
            Activity 4: Magnification Properties of Lenses
            Activity 5: Image Formation From a Convex and Concave Lens

Light & Optics

Recommended Textbooks

Algebra Based
Griffith,The Physics of Everyday Phenomena: A Conceptual Introduction to Physics, , 7/E, ISBN 9780073512204, ISBN 0073512206

Algebra Based
Giancoli, Physics: Principles with Applications, 6/E, ISBN 0130606200

Calculus based
Giancoli, Physics for Scientist & Engineers Vol. 2 Chapts. 21-35, 4/E ISBN-10: 0131992260, ISBN-13: 9780131992269

Bell, Teaching the Nature of Science through Process Skills ISBN-13: 9780205433339 ISBN-10: 00205433332

Kipnis, Rediscovering Optics ISBN 096367840X

Lesson Plans

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Modeling

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Last Modified: April 18, 2014