Light Rays: Definition, Types & Sources


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A light ray is a line that is drawn at what angle to the peaks and troughs of the light wave?

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1. Which of the following types of rays bounces off a surface?

2. Which of the following types of rays, is a ray that first approaches a surface?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz will mainly deal with definitions related to light rays. Some of the questions will ask you to correctly identify various characteristics of light rays. Other questions will present you with a definition and then ask you to identify the correct term.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will test you on these terms:

  • The definition of a light ray
  • The kind of ray that bounces off surfaces
  • A ray that approaches a surface first
  • The kind of ray that bends when entering another material or medium
  • An effect that can't be modeled through ray tracing diagrams

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on light rays
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the kind of light ray that bounces off a surface
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding types of light rays that first approach a surface and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding light rays that bend upon entering another medium

Additional Learning

Once you finish your quiz, head over to the related lesson titled, Light Rays: Definition, Types & Sources. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understanding the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Detailing the different types of waves
  • Characterizing light rays