Cosmos Episode 5 Viewing Worksheet

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Let's face it, there are just some days teachers need to show videos or movies. Sometimes it is to help supplement a lesson or unit so visual learners (or even auditory learners as they listen) can grasp the concept. Many teachers also decide to leave videos to watch when a substitute teacher is planned. Still others give students a bit of a break or a reward by having a movie day. Whatever your motivation, the Fox series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent and entertaining television show with sound science. Tyson makes the science information accessible for all levels of learners and keeps the audience engaged throughout the entire episode.

Below is a set of questions for Cosmos Episode 5, entitled "Hiding in the Light," that can be copy-and-pasted into a worksheet. It can be used as an assessment or a guided note-taking guide for the students as they travel along on the "Ship of the Imagination" and get introduced to great scientists and their discoveries. This particular episode focuses on waves and, in particular, light waves and how they compare to sound waves. It would be an excellent supplement to a physical science or physics class studying waves and their properties.

Cosmos Episode 5 Worksheet  Name:___________________

 

Directions: Answer the questions as you watch episode 5 of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

 

1.  What are two things Neil deGrasse Tyson says helped us evolved from a band of wandering hunting and gathering ancestors to a global civilization?

 

2.  What type of camera did Mo Tzu invent?

 

3.  What three things should all doctrines be tested with according to Mo Tzu’s book “Against Fate”?

 

4.  What was the name of the first Emperor of China that wanted everything in China to be uniform?

 

5.  What happened to the books written by Mo Tzu?

 

6. During Ibn Alhazen’s time, what was the agreed upon hypothesis of how we see things?

 

7. Where did our current number system and the concept of zero come from?

 

8.  What important property of light did Alhazen discover with only his tent, a piece of wood, and a ruler?

 

9. What must happen to light in order for an image to form?

 

10. How is the lens of a telescope and light like a big bucket and rain?

 

11. What was Alhazen’s greatest contribution to science?

 

12. What is the name of the only particle that can travel at the speed of light?

 

13. The word “spectrum” comes from a Latin word meaning what?

 

14. What did William Herschel’s experiment with light and heat prove?

 

15.  What was the profession of the man that kept an 11-year-old Joseph Fraunhofer as a slave?

 

16. How did Joseph Fraunhofer get to meet the future King of Bavaria?

 

17. Where did the King’s counselor offer Joseph Fraunhofer a job?

 

18. Why are organ pipes in the Abbey different lengths?

 

19.  What is the difference between light and sound waves as they travel?

 

20. What determines the color of light we see?

 

21. Which color has the lowest energy?

 

22.  Why are there dark bands in the spectra Joseph Fraunhofer saw?

 

23. What is the force that holds atoms together?

 

24. How old was Joseph Fraunhofer when he fell ill and what probably caused it?

 

25. What did Joseph Fraunhofer discover about the elements that make up the universe?