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Measuring The Speed of Light

By: Mitchell Megla, Zack Fernando, Haili Lidstone, & Nikori Kehoe
Planning

We planned to use
Snell’s law to figure out
the refractive index of a
medium and the speed of
light through it as well.
We planned to do this
using a protractor and a
laser.
Group Roles
Haili: Collected Supplies

Mitchell Megla: Math and


experimentation

Nikori Kehoe: Math and


experimentation

Zack Fernando: Data Collection/


Presentation
Materials List

● 1 Slab of Green Jello


● 1 Laser Pointer
● 1 Quartz Crystal
● 1 Block of Ice
● 1 Bottle of Gel
● 1 Protractor
Conducting

We utilized a tile floor to keep a


relative straight line so we could
measure the angles with a good non-
moving variable.
Results

Medium Index of Refraction Speed of Light Percent Speed


(miles per second) Retained

Ice 1.2856 144405 78% +/-5

Gelatin 1.2856-1.1217 155283 83% +/-5

Quartz 1.2856-1.5210 122554 65% +/-5

Plastic+Gel 1.32 141123 75% +/-10


Reflection
● Could use better
measurement
tools & mediums
● Uneven mediums
caused refraction
issues
● Platform needed
for laser pointer
● Do to the lack of
good equipment
data was slightly
skewed