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Light Vocabulary

5th Grade Science vocabulary on light

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visible light energy that the human eye can see
visible spectrum part of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans can see
reflection when light bounces off a surface
refraction when light enters a medium and bends
opaque no light can pass through; light is reflected or absorbed
transparent light is transmitted through; the object is clear
translucent some light is transmitted, some is absorbed and some is scattered
wavelength on a wave, the distance from crest to crest
crest the top or highest part of a wave.
trough the bottom of a wave
medium solids, liquids and gases
energy ability to cause change (do work)
ROYGBIV acronym for the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet
convex a surface that is curved outward (light waves become focused)
concave a surface that is curved inward (light waves are spread out)
lens a curved piece of transparent material used to refract light
mirror a smooth, very reflective surface
absorb to take in or swallow up (rather than transmit or reflect)
transmit to go through
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Created by: metankersley on 2012-01-10



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