Resource has two components. The first is an interactive simulation the allows students to explore how light moves through different mediums (air, water, glass). The second is an activity, “Bending Light Lab,” created by Jamie Schoenberger. The activity uses the simulation to explore how light moves through different mediums.
The simulation has three components. The first and simplest level explores bending of light between two media with different indices of refraction. (View the light as a single laser beam or a wave.) Level 2 introduces robust tools to investigate how incident rays behave when they hit differently-shaped prisms and concave or convex lenses. Choose a single laser beam, triple beam, or a visible light beam. Click to view the normal (perpendicular) line, turn on a reflection tool, and change the color or environment. Level 3 offers additional tools to measure intensity, speed, and time, allowing teachers to easily integrate mathematics.
The “Bending Light Lab” activity is comprised of fifteen question, which guide students through a different scenario to explore using the different parts of the simulator.