Purpose: This portion of the lab demonstrates a prism separating light into different colors, as well as to
use Snells law to calculate the index of refraction. We also determined the critical angle at which total
internal refraction occurs.
Optics 1: Interference and Diffraction
Simulated Double Slit Interference
Purpose: This portion of the lab is to help visualize a laser going through a double slit, and how this
would affect what we see on a screen, to help visualize where the light and d
Experiment 1:Resonance in Air Columns
Purpose: The first part of this lab is to help us understand resonant frequencies for air columns with one
open end, and with two open ends. With the knowledge of resonant frequencies we can find the speed
Optics II: Lenses, Mirrors, and Telescopes
I. Mirrors and Rays
Purpose: This lab is intended to familiarize us with different aspects of reflections, to look at how
straight, and curved mirrors reflect light, and create a focal point.
Procedure: First, we
Exercise 1: Coupled Oscillator
Purpose: In this first exercise we looked at the two different modes of harmonic oscillation. We will
also find the external force that will demonstrate the resonant frequency for the two different modes.
Exercise 1: Analyzing a Wave
Porpose: This exercise helped my lab group to identify the different frequencies that create different
harmonic waves, specifically the sawtooth, and the square wave. This helped us understand the structure