Title

An Inexpensive Optical Absorption Experiment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Abstract

This optical absorption experiment can be put together in only a few minutes with materials found in most secondary or undergraduate stockrooms. The absorption material is the partly transparent flexible anti-static plastic material used to package solid-state devices. The detector is a hand-held photographic exposure meter of the type that was in common use before the advent of point-and-shoot cameras. A graph of the intensity of the transmitted light as a function of the number of sheets of the material is a decreasing exponential. The emphasis of the experiment is on the mathematical form

Journal

The Physics Teacher

Volume

44

First Page

348

Last Page

350