Concept Checker for Total Internal Reflection Simulation

Our Concept Checker for the Refraction simulation consists of 22 questions organized into 6 Question Groups. While the simulation is multi-faceted, this Concept Checker focuses on total internal reflection and the critical angle. Students must correctly answer one question from each Question Group to earn the Trophy for this Concept Checker.

Like all our Concept Checkers, it is designed to be used as a follow-up to the use of the Refraction simulation.  We recommend the use of our classroom-ready exercise with the simulation and Concept Checker. The topic of the exercise is total internal reflection and it provides great guidance to students who are using the simulation to explore this topic.

The Concept Checker targets student understanding of the following learning outcomes:
  • The student should be able to identify the two conditions that must be met in order for light to undergo total internal reflection at a boundary.
  • The student should be able to describe the meaning of the critical angle and relate it to total internal reflection.

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