Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Physics Interactives: Stage Lighting

Our interactive simulations allow students to manipulate a variable and observe the result. In this sim, students can alter the clothing of the actors on stage and alter the color of the stage lights and observe the color appearance of the actors. Awesome interactivity. Comes with a ready-to-use classroom activity.

Physics Interactives: Colored Shadows

Flip red, green, and blue lights on and off and illuminate a person standing in front of a white screen. Observe the result of both color subtraction and color addition as you view the colored shadows cast on the screen. Do the demo first; then allow students to interact with the sim.

Concept Builder: Color Addition and Subtraction

If you're not using Concept Builders, then you need to check them out. These interactive questioning modules probe student understanding in a playful manner ... with Stars, Trophies, and Dataways. With a Task Tracker account, you can easily track student progress. It's easy-peasy. Try this one on color addition and subtraction.


Concept Builder: If This, Then That - Color Subtraction

Like many of our Concept Builders, the If This, Then That Concept Builder provides a great challenge to apply physics principles while using a good deal of logical reasoning.


Minds On Physics the App, Part 5, Light and Color Module, Missions LC4-LC5

Our Minds On Physics apps provide serious students a challenging tool for improving their game. App #5 includes three modules, one of which is Light and Color. Missions LC4-LC5 are a great complement to this Video Tutorial.


Physics Classroom Tutorial, Light Waves and Color Chapter, Lesson 2 - Color Subtraction

The Tutorial section of our website explains and illustrates Physics concepts in an easy-to-understand language and a logical manner. This page in particular will provide strong Tutorial support for the lesson in this video:

Curriculum Corner, Light and Color Section

Our free curriculum provides a great tool for skilled teachers to use with students within the classroom. Either as independent practice or group work, our Think Sheets provide an exceptional means of processing the ideas in this video. Try one of the following:

Reflection, Transmission, and Color

Color Addition and Subtraction


Teacher Toolkits - Color Addition and Subtraction

We love our Teacher Toolkits. You will too. They include a collection of annotated links to vetted resources from accross the web that we feel coordinate very well with the resources on our own website. Check this one out!