Picture of Will under the water in Catalina.
Though Molly was not able to be apart of the trip to
Catalina, I was fortunate enough to have an experience that expanded
my knowledge about refraction. I found it interesting that everything
I had learned about refraction was demonstrated when diving in
the ocean. I noticed how things underwater appeared larger and
farther away. For example, the fish underwater seemed so much
larger than they really are. No wonder people perceive sharks
to be big creatures when they really are smaller than you think.
It was also exciting to be able to look up toward the surface
when at shallow depths and to be able to observe what light rays
look like as they pass from air to water. Did you know that it
is possible to get sunburned even if your 15 feet underwater?
Well, it is because of the strength of the sun and because light
is magnified when passed through water. It was helpful to see
these principles of refraction being applied to the real world.