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Reflection and Refraction

Student experiment exploring Snell’s Law and the Law of Reflection.

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Students experimentally derive the Law of Reflection for curved and flat mirrors. Snell’s Law is explored and the index of refraction for a piece of acrylic material is found.

PASCO Advantage: Students trace the rays on the provided templates and make angle measurements directly from their drawing. This reinforces the connection between the real rays they can see in the lab and the type of ray diagrams seen in the classroom.