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
- Piece of string (~ 4 feet)
- Kitchen scale
- Calculator with trigonometric functions (sine, arctangent); an online calculator is fine
- Additional Information