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In this activity, students are introduced to an analogy through a role-play that helps them visualise the refraction of light. The analogy explains why light bends when it enters or exits transparent materials and also why a prism separates white light into a colour spectrum.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • explain why light bends when entering and exiting a material
  • explain why a prism breaks light into a spectrum.

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For more information about refraction of light, see Refraction of light.

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    Published 30 June 2018 Referencing Hub articles