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Why Are Bubbles So Colorful?


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    Optical Society of America

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Why Are Bubbles So Colorful?

In this activity, learners explore why they can see colors in bubbles and why they change. Learners also examine what thin slits do to light and how this phenomenon is similar to that of bubbles and oil slicks. Note: This activity works best outside in the sunlight.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Liquid detergent or glycerine
  • A metal ring through which to blow bubbles
  • Two small glass slides

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum
      • Sunlight and Color
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, Optical Society of America, ©2008

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