After working on the practice of analyzing and interpreting data, sixth graders are discovering some unique happenings between light and different materials.
The light interacted with a mirror in a unique way. The light meter was able to get the highest reading for the amount of reflected light when it was at the same angle as the flashlight (just on the opposing side). We summarized this pattern as light coming off the mirror in a v-shape.
The light interacted with paper in a completely different way. There was no apparent connection between where the flashlight pointed and where the light meter registered the highest amount of reflected light. What's this mean?
That light reflects off smooth, shiny objects in a v-shaped pattern and scatters off rough, unpolished surfaces. Interesting stuff! How does our light model explain this? Or does it?