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https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/bending-light 

Topics

  • Snell's Law
  • Refraction
  • Reflection
  • Optics
  • Prisms
  • Lenses
  • Light

Description

Explore bending of light between two media with different indices of refraction. See how changing from air to water to glass changes the bending angle. Play with prisms of different shapes and make rainbows.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Explain how light bends at the interface between two media and what determines the angle.
  • Apply Snell’s law to a laser beam incident on the interface between media.
  • Describe how the speed and wavelength of light changes in different media.
  • Describe the effect of changing wavelength on the angle of refraction.
  • Explain how a prism creates a rainbow.

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Software Requirements

Windows 7+Mac OS 10.7+iPad and iPad Mini with iOSChromebook with Chrome OS
Internet Explorer 10+latest versions of Chrome and Firefox Safari 6.1 and uplatest versions of Chrome and Firefox latest version of Safari latest version of Chrome

Credits

Design TeamThird-party LibrariesThanks To
  • Amy Rouinfar (lead)
  • Sam Reid (developer)
  • Noah Podolefsky
  • Trish Loeblein
  • Ariel Paul
  • Kathy Perkins
 
  • Actual Concepts
 

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