An Hour In … ChemistryStudents recently explored a lab based off the Photo-Electric effect
Students in Mr. Dennis Goode’s chemistry class recently participated in a lab over the Photo-Electric effect. This lab focused on how light can travel through aluminum foil differently rather than just a small hole inside of a folder.
Sophomore Andrew Bui starts off his lab by making measurements for his paper. This is the first direction for the project. “We first need to start off with cutting the folder,” Bui said.
As sophomore Jesus Casillas cuts into his folder, he starts reviewing the hypothesis of the overall project. Students all created their own hypothesis for the lab. “I think that the light will shine through the aluminum more than just the plain hole in the folder,” Casillas said.
After the students cut into the folder, they then need to start measuring out the space needed for the aluminum foil to fit. Students had to cut a hole one inch in diameter.
Students peer through the holes to find out which space can show more light. All of the projects featured the same outcome. “I believe that the light will shine better throughout the aluminum foil,” sophomore Anthony Pedron said.
The light shines through each of the two holes. Light from the aluminum foil shined brighter than just the plain light. “It was amazing to see how the outcome of the project was extremely different from my hypothesis,” Bui said.
After conducting the experiment, students have to write a brief explanation stating if their hypothesis was either correct or incorrect. The conclusions featured the overall outcome of the project along with their hypothesis. “I was happy to conclude that my hypothesis turned out be correct because it made me feel more intelligent around my peers,” sophomore Hans Borgus said.
Students had to present their thoughts to the class as the final component of their lab. This included sharing their hypothesis and explaining why it was wrong or not. “I was glad to see that many of my peers had the same hypothesis and opinions that I had, overall I thought that the project was fun,” sophomore Alyssa Bushman said.