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This item by the authors of Practical Physics experiments gives guidance on the use of ray boxes and/or lamps to conduct labs on geometric optics.  The advantages of both are discussed in terms of their use in different types of experiments.  

This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.
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- Geometrical Optics
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Metadata instance created May 15, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 17, 2007

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

Not sure whether to use a ray box or another light source for your geometric optics experiments?  This web page, by the authors of Practical Physics, gives advantages of both for varying lab situations.

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Nuffield Curriculum Centre, (2006), WWW Document, (http://practicalphysics.org/ray-box-or-lamp.html?topic_id=2&guidance_id=1).
Nuffield Curriculum Centre, Practical Physics: Ray Box or Lamp?, (2006), <http://practicalphysics.org/ray-box-or-lamp.html?topic_id=2&guidance_id=1>.
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. (2007, October 17). Practical Physics: Ray Box or Lamp?. Retrieved March 1, 2017, from http://practicalphysics.org/ray-box-or-lamp.html?topic_id=2&guidance_id=1
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Practical Physics: Ray Box or Lamp?. October 17, 2007. http://practicalphysics.org/ray-box-or-lamp.html?topic_id=2&guidance_id=1 (accessed 1 March 2017).
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Nuffield Curriculum Centre. Practical Physics: Ray Box or Lamp?. 2006. 17 Oct. 2007. Nuffield Curriculum Centre. 1 Mar. 2017 <http://practicalphysics.org/ray-box-or-lamp.html?topic_id=2&guidance_id=1>.
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Practical Physics: Ray Box or Lamp?:

Supplements Practical Physics: Optics

This is a set of more than 50 classroom experiments for high school and middle school on the topic of geometric optics, developed by the same authors.  Many of them require the use of a ray box or other light source.

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