What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction


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1. White light of a given frequency goes through a prism. What causes a rainbow to form on the other side?

2. A prism is usually in the shape of a

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This assessment provides multiple choice quiz and worksheet questions to assess your knowledge of light passing through a prism. Key concepts to focus on are the properties of light and how light can produce a rainbow.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment to test your knowledge of:

  • Shapes of prisms
  • Color characteristics produced by a prism
  • Dispersion
  • Refraction

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use knowledge gained to connect key concepts, such as wave and light dispersion
  • Critical thinking - review lesson to achieve a different way of thinking about light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as dispersion and refraction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about light dispersion

Additional Learning

Review the accompanying lesson on What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction to learn more about prisms. The assessment will help you cover:

  • Identifying properties of a wave
  • Understanding light refraction with prisms
  • Understanding the change of light characteristics from air to water
  • Defining a prism's structure, including its make up