Bending Light

Submitted by Jota Bras (jotabras) on Fri, 07/06/2018 - 17:08

This tool allows exploring the curvature of light between two media with the different refractive index. Analyze how light when passing from air to water through a crystal changes its angle of reflection.

It is a Web application that allows you to vary the parameters and observe, in real time, how the graph that represents the evolution of the state of light as it passes through different bodies evolves. We will see on the screen the real values that light adopts depending on different types of materials that we can select, observing how the angle of reflection or refraction of light varies.

Tool Category
TEL methods where this tool fits
Required technical skill level
Low (beginner)
Tool is best suitable for the following environment
Digital learning sessions
Mode of teaching application
No appointment required (asynchronous)
Task Mode
All students task
Individual task
Required equipment/devices/platform
Smart phone app (iOS, Android, Windows)
Tablet app (iOS, Android, Windows)
Additional Information and useful links e.g. tutorials

Refractive Light Student Worksheet -

PhET simulations: Teaching resources -

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