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Interference and Diffraction of Light

The distances between the central maximum and the diffraction minima for a single slit are measured by scanning the laser pattern with a light...

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Brewster's Angle

In this experiment you will explore how the intensity and polarization of light changes when reflected from the surface of a transparent medium,...

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Polarization

Laser light is passed through two polarizers. As the second polarizer (the analyzer) is rotated by hand, the relative light intensity is recorded...

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Light Intensity versus Distance

The relative light intensity versus distance from a point light source is plotted. As the Light Sensor is moved by hand, the string attached...

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Variation of Light Intensity

The purpose of this activity is to compare the variation in intensity of light from different light sources. Students will use a light sensor...

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Telescope and Microscope

The purpose of this activity is to construct a simple telescope and a simple microscope and to measure their magnifications. Biconvex (convergent)...

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Focal Length of a Concave Mirror

Use a light source, concave mirror, and half-screen, all on an optics bench, to measure the focal length of the concave mirror.

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Dispersion

You will observe dispersion through an acrylic rhomboid and calculate the different indices of refraction for different color light.

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Refraction

Use Snell’s Law of refraction to experimentally determine the index of refraction of a D-shaped acrylic lens.

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Reflection

Experimentally confirm the Law of Reflection for a flat, concave, and convex mirror.

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