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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
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activities, color, color spectra, experiment, hands-on, high school labs, labs, lenses, light, practical physics, ray box, ray model, ray optics, reflection, refraction, visible light
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Metadata instance created May 15, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 17, 2007
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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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