Basic Prism


Shine white light or a single-color beam through a prism. Explore how a prism refracts light and investigate the factors that affect the amount of refraction. The index of refraction of the prism, width of the prism, prism angle, light angle, and light wavelength can be adjusted.

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    Great way to introduce light to students!

    Recommended For:  5th Grade Science

    By: Gizmo User from Virginia

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    Perhaps one of the best examples of refraction for students.

    Recommended For:  Physics

    By: Gizmo User from Ontario

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    Great Gizmo for the new Ontario grade 10 Light Unit!

    Recommended For:  Middle School Physical Science

    By: Gizmo User from Ontario

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    Let's students get an idea of what to expect when they use prisms in my class. SOme of them used to have a hard time knowing what to expect

    Recommended For:  Middle School Physical Science

    By: Gizmo User from New Hampshire

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