Shedding some light on refraction

Apr. 26, 2018 | Ms. Rowell’s Form VI physics class worked in the dark this morning as they studied angles of refraction.
 
Ray boxes and prisms were the tools of choice in the physics lab during first period. Students worked in small teams to calculate how beams of light reacted when passing through different shapes of glass blocks. The groups then used their observations to verify Snell’s law, the formula relating angle of incidence and angle of refraction. This lab is part of Ms. Rowell’s unit on waves, which will have students applying what they discovered this morning about critical angles in their studies of fiber optics over the coming weeks.
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