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Total Internal Reflection

When light is passing from one material to another it can be reflected back, trapping the light in the first material.

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Total Internal Reflection

Students will learn about total internal reflection. More specifically, they will learn what the critical angle is, how it is derived and how to solve for it in real life applications.
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Total Internal Reflection

Describes total internal reflection and some sample problems.
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• Interactive Simulations

Diamond Cut

Learn about refraction, reflection, and total internal reflection in the context of a light ray passing into and out of a diamond.
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Total Internal Reflection

Total Internal Reflection Interactive
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Total Internal Reflection Part II: Explanation

Explains the physics behind total internal reflection.
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Total Internal Reflection Quiz - PPB

Quiz on total internal reflection.
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Total Internal Reflection Quiz

Reviews total internal reflection and problems involving critical angles.
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• Critical Thinking

Total Internal Reflection Discussion Questions

A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Total Internal Reflection.
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• Real World Application

Light Pipes

Discover how information is transmitted through light.
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• Study Guide