Refraction of Light

Mr. Janes' 2nd/8th Block Class

Refraction of Light

Refraction is when light bends as it travels through different density materials. This bending is caused by the part of the wave traveling through the more or less dense material is slowed or sped up, while the other part is still traveling the same speed.


A mirage is produced when light bends as it passes through air of different temperatures. The light speeds up as it passes through warmer air because it is less dense.

Refraction Quiz

What is refraction?

What causes refraction?

What is a mirage?

What is the difference between refraction and a mirage?