Comparison Test Between Amrita Virtual Lab and Real Spectrometer on Refractive Index Using Blended Laboratory


Education in the 21st century is an era where learning is unconventional. Interactive learning in the 21st century can be done by conducting virtual or real laboratory activities, even by combining the two in one activity at once. Various innovations in virtual laboratories have spread to optical materials, especially refraction by using a virtual spectrometer. Conceptually, the refractive index is a measure of the bending ray of a light beam as it passes from one medium to another. The refractive index is given by measurement between the refractive index of air, the angle of the prism, and the angle of minimum deviation. The angle of the prism and the angle of minimum deviation can be measured with a spectrometer. The spectrometer is a scientific instrument used to separate and measure the spectral components of physical phenomena and can separate white light and measure individual narrow color bands. Other than an on-hand spectrometer, other tools that we can use to measure the angle of minimum deviation are by using a virtual spectrometer provided by several virtual labs. The study aimed to compare the result of refractive index between on on-hand spectrometer and a virtual lab. Here we report our study on spectrometer whether the virtual lab experiment yields the same results as the real lab. We compare both results of experimental data using data and graph analytics. The results of the study show that the difference in the index of refraction measured between the virtual lab and the real lab is about 0.2%. This shows that there is no significant difference between virtual lab and real lab.

Keywords: amrita virtual lab, real spectrometer, refractive index, blended laboratory

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