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PIRA Code(s)
6A40.99
Set up time
none
Physics and Science Concepts
Optics, Refraction
Operation
Shine a focused beam of light at one of the facets of the prism. Light is refracted and split into its constituent wavelengths (i.e. Colors of the rainbow). These can be used with various other optical experiments.
Safety
Edges and corners may be sharp

This is an assortment of prisms. When light enters at an angle to the face of a prism, it is refracted. Since the index of refraction depends on the wavelength, the light is refracted at different angles and therefore it is dispersed into a spectrum of colors.