Investigating critical angle and Total Internal Reflection


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Title Investigating critical angle and Total Internal Reflection
Description Two tasks - Task A is an investigation that determines the refractive index via measurement of the critical angle and the formula 1/n = sin(C). In this task critical angle is found by increasing i until the angle of refraction reaches 90 degrees. Task B is an investigation that determines the critical angle by finding the point where the intensity of the reflected ray is first 100% of the intensity of the incident ray.
Subject Physics
Level High School, Undergrad - Intro
Type Guided Activity, Homework, Lab
Duration 30 minutes
Answers Included No
Language English
Keywords Total Internal Reflection, critical angle, index of refraction, reflection, refraction, refractive index
Simulation(s) Bending Light (HTML5)


Author(s) Jim Champion
Contact Email jdc.champion@radley.org.uk
School / Organization Radley College
Date submitted 19/02/10
Date updated 19/02/10