Sugar Measurement Laser Kit

Sugar Measurement Laser Kit
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Explore the physics of refraction using a laser pointer and an acrylic prism.
Ideal for grades 9+



If you experience the optical illusion of having a straight straw placed in a glass of liquid look bent, you are seeing physics in action! With the Sugar Measurement Laser kit, students can explore the physics of refraction (bent light) using a laser pointer and an acrylic prism. By lining up the included laser to bounce light through a hollow acrylic prism filled with sugary liquid, students will be able to see how light bends as it passes through the liquid. This kit is a great hands-on physics exploration with easy-to-see results that make concepts like refraction and Snell's Law far easier to understand.

Each kit contains: 

1   Laser pointer
1 Hollow acrylic prism with a stopper
1 Funnel
1 Graduated cylinder, 100 mL
1 Stir rod, plastic, 12 inches

Instructions for this kit are available online, see Additional Information for links to the instructions and more.

Additional items needed: 

  • Cardboard (a few small pieces; the flaps from the kit's cardboard box work well)
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Paper, 8.5 inches by 11 inches
  • Pencil
  • Piece of string (~ 4 feet)
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Kitchen scale
  • Calculator with trigonometric functions (sine, arctangent); an online calculator is fine
Additional Information



Instructions are available online:   Sugar Measurement Laser Kit Instructions

For troubleshooting tips please see:  Frequently Asked Questions

Area of Science Physics
Grade Level Grades 9+
NGSS Alignment No