Properties of Light
University of Colorado at Boulder
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This problem set tests students understanding of the properties of light, including velocity, frequency, reflection, and refraction.
This problem set is designed for an undergraduate course in mineralogy for majors.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students should have a knowledge of basic mathematics and introductory physics.
How the activity is situated in the course
This is a stand-alone exercise used as a homework assignment.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
This problem set assesses students' knowledge of the properties of light.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
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Description of the activity/assignment
This problem set is used as a homework assignment to assess students' understanding of the properties of light. Students are asked to calculate velocity through media with different index of refractions, wavelengths, frequencies, and reflection/refraction behaviors.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Students have successfully met the goals of the assignment if they answer the problem set thoroughly and accurately and show their work.
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This problem set is the 9th
of 10 homework assignments used in a Mineralogy course.
You can also access the course syllabus
which includes lecture Powerpoints, practice exams, and links to the other problem sets used in this course.