Mirror Experience [Lab Springboard]
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- Much can be made of spherical mirrors and thin lenses in the geometric optics curriculum. Here are a few.Is the image upright or inverted? Enlarged or reduced? In "Image Characterization," students are tasked with such determinations.In "Mirror Experience," students gaze upon their reflections in aPrice $9.99Original Price $14.92Save $4.93
This is part of the classroom curriculum I developed for use with my high school physics students.
Students will be working with something while completing this assignment. In this case, a hand-held convex/concave mirror such as Arbor Scientific's P2-7144.
The instructor guides students through this activity via classroom discussion. The one works well as a group-based activity with a few whole-class announcements from time to time. This is not intended as a homework or independent activity.
The activity guides students through the image possibilities as they observe their own image in a spherical mirror.
Student document (print-friendly Google Docs file on Google Drive)