Light & Optics Demonstration List

Light & Optics Demonstration List


  • wintergreen Life Savers in the dark

Energy vs. Frequency

  • red vs. green vs. purple lasers on phosphorescent surface
  • color paddles/color wheel


  • laser through clear plastic
  • laser through bent plastic (total internal reflection)
  • blue laser through tonic water (with quinine)
  • Pyrex stirring rod in vegetable oil (same index of refraction)
  • penny in cup of water


  • full length mirror on the wall (does amount of image visible change with distance?)
  • mirascope ("hologram" maker)
  • "sunset in a fish tank"


  • laser through diffraction grating

Last modified: Monday, 14 April 2014, 9:11 PM