What Is an Example of Refraction?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 4, 2020 3:24:28 PM ET
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The formation of a rainbow and the splitting of light when it passes through a prism are examples of refraction. A pencil placed in a beaker of water looks bent due to refraction of light.

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When light travels from one medium to another medium, it bends a little. This bending of light is called refraction. A medium can be a solid, a liquid or a gas. The amount by which light bends depends on the properties of the medium. Refraction of white light through a prism is called dispersion of light, and it clearly shows that light is made up of seven colors. Sound waves undergo refraction, as well.