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Chapter 17: Reflection and Refraction
About Rainbows
This page goes into fine detail about how rainbows are formed. Draw a raindrop and trace the path that light takes in producing a rainbow.

These diagrams help explain the different types of prisms. Find and review the sign conventions. Are they the same as the sign conventions described in your text?

Snell's Law
Here is a brief description and diagram explaining Snell's law. How does Snell's law make a glass of water look smaller from the inside?

Here is an extensive list of labs that deal with light and optics. Perform some of these labs with your teacher's supervision. Describe how a laser and a Bunsen burner can illustrate why a star twinkles.

The Internet Webseum of Holography
Visit this detailed, illustrated explanation of how lasers and mirrors are used to create holograms. The Webseum home page has various links to other holography sites. Watch the holography video and learn how holograms are used in medicine.

Introduction to Arthroscopic Surgery
Visit this home page to learn how fiber optics are used in arthroscopic surgery.


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