Newton’s Experiments with Light and Color

The big questions: IsaacNewton

  • How do scientists turn their curiosity into scientific discoveries?
  • How do scientists learn from each other to move our understanding forward?
  • What is the scientific method and how might we use it in our own lives?
  • Where does color come from and how do things “have” a color?

The content:

We will read Newton’s letter to the Royal Society on his experiments with light and prisms.

We will follow in his footsteps as we recreate his experiments with prisms and sunlight.

Readings on Ptolemy, Thomas Young and their theories of light and color.

The skills and activities:

Deep reading, journaling, drawing, experimental setup skills.