THE SCIENCE LAB
Make & Do Activity Kit
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Light rays travel in straight lines until they hit something.Sometimes when it hits certain materials the light is bent.Explore reraction and magnifcation in this simpleexperiment.
10 min +
To learn the most rom thisexperiment explore rom every angle!
Place the bowl on a tableand fll it with water until itreaches 2cm rom the top.
Crouch down and watchthrough the side o thebowl as you lower the ruler straight down into thewater. In what way has theruler changed?
Watch as you move theruler around in the water. Try viewing it rom dierentangles. I the bowl is lited itcan be viewed rom below.
At dierent viewpoints theruler will appear to bend,expand, shrink or evenappear to become 2 rulers.Can you see any other results?
Try the same experimentwith a coin. Drop it to thebottom o the bowl. Findthe viewpoint where itdisappears. Now fnd whereit appears to be 2 coins.
Try the experiment withother (waterproo!) objectsrom around the house.
What you will need:
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a glass bowl