Ch 29: Chapter 29: Reflection and Refraction

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The Reflection and Refraction chapter of this Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with reflection and refraction. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Reflection and Refraction textbook chapter.

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Students will learn:

  • What the reflection of a wave is
  • Types of reflection
  • How spherical and plane mirrors differ
  • How ray tracing diagrams look
  • Equations that apply to mirror questions
  • The definition for diffuse reflection
  • What Snell's Law and the index of refraction are
  • What refracted waves are and why they occur
  • The definition of a prism

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9 Lessons in Chapter 29: Chapter 29: Reflection and Refraction
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Reflection of Waves: Definition & Examples

1. Reflection of Waves: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define reflection in the context of waves, summarize the types of reflection, and provide examples of reflection in action. A short quiz will follow.

Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

2. Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

How do waves reflect off of surfaces? How do we account for the images that we see reflected in various objects? Discover the answers to these questions as we investigate the rays and angles defining the law of reflection.

Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

3. Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and how plane mirrors and spherical mirrors are different, including the images they produce. A short quiz will follow.

Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

4. Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and use ray tracing diagrams, along with the law of reflection, to explain what you see when you look in a mirror. A short quiz will follow.

Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

5. Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

After watching this lesson, you will be able to answer questions on mirrors, stating whether an image is real or virtual, upright or inverted, and larger or smaller. A short quiz will follow.

Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces

6. Diffuse Reflection: Definition, Examples & Surfaces

This lesson explores the law of reflection and how it applies to different surfaces and wave types. We'll learn the difference between specular and diffuse reflection and investigate how diffuse reflection affects our perception of sound and light.

Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction

7. Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction

Refraction explains why light bends in water. But, did you know that mathematical laws determine exactly how light waves are bent? In this lesson, we'll explore the mechanics of wave refraction, including Snell's Law and the index of refraction.

Refracted Wave: Definition & Overview

8. Refracted Wave: Definition & Overview

This lesson will explain what a refracted wave is, and how it works. We will also discuss why exactly it happens in the context of wave speed. A short quiz will follow.

What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction

9. What is a Prism? - Definition & Refraction

In this lesson, you'll learn about the prism and what prisms do to white light. You'll explore the properties of light waves, as well as the concept of refraction, which causes white light to bend in a prism and spread out into the different spectrum of colors.

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