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What is an example of refraction?

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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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What is an example of refraction?
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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.

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    How is light dispersed through a prism?

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    White light bends or refracts as it enters and exits the triangular prism, with shorter wavelengths bending the greatest amounts and longer wavelengths refracting less, resulting in a light spectrum of different colors like a rainbow. Prisms are made of glass or other transparent material and cut so the angle of entry and exit maximize this effect.

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    What is the bending of light called?

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    The bending of light, sound or heat waves is known as refraction. Refraction occurs when a light wave, heat wave or sound wave moves from one medium to another.

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    Can light bend?

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    Yes, light can bend through diffraction and refraction. Diffraction is when light bends around a corner or a small opening and fills the larger space beyond it. Refraction is the bending of light when it transitions through different mediums, such as light seen in the air and entering into water.

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    What is Snell's law of refraction?

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    Snell's law of refraction is the relationship between the angles of incidence and refraction with respect to the refraction indices of two different media. Snell's law of refraction can be applied to the refraction light for any two media. Snell's law predicts the angle of refraction that light follows when passing from one medium and into the next medium.

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