Refraction and Total Internal Reflection

Refraction and Total Internal Reflection

Refraction and Total Internal ReflectionStudents will be able to observe that refraction (bending) always takes place at the interface between two different transparent materials and that the angle of refraction in plastic is smaller than the angle of incidence in air. The light is directed at the center of the semicircular cup where it is bent along a radius and exits the element without bending a second time. Careful measurement of the incident angle and the refracted angle will produce data which may be used to compute a constant ratio of the sine of the angles. 
Required Equipment
Refraction Cup, Light Box and Optical Set with Power Supply or Laser Ray Box, Protractor, Water.
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Refraction Cup

SKU: P2-1230

Light Box and Optical Set

In Stock SKU: P2-9561

Light Box Power Supply

In Stock SKU: P4-7250


In Stock SKU: P1-1050

The “water” required for this lab can be any tap or bottled water. Each lab would need about 1 pint.

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