When Silicon Talks

Explore Snell's Law using thin films. In the fifth installment of a seven-part series, pupils solve a set of problems relating to Snell's Law and use this skill during an experiment requiring the collection of reflective measurements from thin films.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Collaborate with a college physics or engineering department to conduct option one
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be able to solve simple algebraic and trigonometric equations (Snell's Law)
  • Activity requires various materials that are not typically found in the classroom, such as nail polish; see materials section for complete list
Pros

  • Teacher resource has a list of troubleshooting tips
  • Includes a plethora of worksheets, all available in both PDF and Word versions
Cons

  • None