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Low-cost home experiments and demonstrations in optics

Paper Abstract

More than 60 demonstrations and basic experiments in Optics have been compiled. They can be carried out by secondary and university students in the classroom or at home, and have been conceived considering low cost and easy-to-get materials. The goal is to offer didactic resources, showing that Optics can be taught in an attractive and amusing way. The experiments try to stimulate scientific curiosity, and generate interest in the observation of our physical world. The work could be collected as a book, where each demonstration would be contained in one or two pages, including a title, a list of the required materials and a concise explanation about what to do and observe. Associated with the experimental content, we propose a web page, namely,, that accepts experiments sent by anyone interested in Optics, which can be used as a forum to interchange information on this educational topic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966426 (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207567
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P. M. Mejías, Univ. Complutense (Spain)
R. Martínez-Herrero, Univ. Complutense (Spain)
J. Serna, Univ. Complutense (Spain)
G. Piquero, Univ. Complutense (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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