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Physics Core/AP 1 and 2

LAB: Angles of Refraction and Focal Lengths

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Physics Lab

Physics Lab: Using thin film interference

Goal: To use light and the thin film principle to measure a very small object.

Background: Read about the nature of thin filmes in the Harvard Science presentation Thin Film Interference. You may want to play with bubble solution, but it isn't required for this lab.


Procedures and Data Handling

  1. Follow the instructions for Lab #10 (PDF document) SMC Physical sciences website for conducting the experiment, collecting and presenting data, and carrying out your analysis.


Follow the usual format for your lab report, but include answers to the questions on the lab PDF sheet in your analysis and conclusions.