Activity Worksheet: What Is a Rainbow?


Name(s):_____________________________________

Today you will explore a Web site called About Rainbows that can teach you everything you ever wanted to know about rainbows. You'll learn what rainbows really are and how they are created. You'll also learn that rainbows and physics go together.

  1. Open the following URL with your Web browser.

    http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/blynds/rnbw.html

  2. Explore the site to help you answer the following questions.

    What is the "bow" part of the rainbow?

    Why is it called "bow?"

    Where is the sun when you see a rainbow?

    Why do you see colors in a rainbow?

    Why do you see the particular group of colors that appears in a rainbow?

    What does it take to make a double rainbow?