Day 162: Snell’s Law & Half Life

Physics: Snell’s Law

I got out the refraction dishes and showed students how to use them to find a refracted angle. Then, I asked them to get me a graph where the slope is the index of refraction of water. This is the first time I asked students to start with an equation (in this case, Snell’s law) and pick their axes to get a certain value as the slope, but they were pretty successful.


Chemistry: Half Life

Students measured the “decay” of pennies by shaking them up, then setting aside any that came up tails. Each group make a graph of pennies remaining vs. half lives and submitted their results via a Google Form so we could produce a graph of the class average. Tomorrow, we’ll use that to have some conversations about randomness.

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