White Light and Prisms Worksheet
Light that comes from a natural source is white light. When it passes into glass or water, the speed slows and the beam bends. White light that enters a prism, a triangular piece of glass, bends in the glass, and then bends again when leaving the glass. The result is a spectrum, seven colors that make up light. The colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The color red bends the least in a prism, while violet bends the most.
Answer the questions.
- What happens when white light passes through a prism?
- What is a spectrum?
- How is a raindrop like a prism?
- How is a rainbow made?
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Answer Key – White Light and Prisms
- The light bends as it enters the prism, separating the colors in light. The colors are bent again as they exit the prism, spreading out more.
- A spectrum is seven colors that make up light.
- Water, like glass, can bend light. A raindrop bends rays of sunlight and produces a spectrum of colors.
- Sunlight hits a raindrop and bends several times, making the spectrum of colors a raindrop.