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Reflection and Mirrors
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for Reflection and Mirrors. The internet content is
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- A detailed discussion of the
importance of light to sight, the line
of sight method of image location, the law
of reflection, and the
distinction between specular and diffuse reflection.
Start in Lesson
1a of the Physics Classroom.
- A detailed discussion of image formation by plane
mirrors, including an explanation of how
an image is formed, the characteristics
of plane mirror images, the use of ray
diagrams in locating an image, the portion
of a mirror required to view an image, and right
angle mirror systems. Start in Lesson
2a of the Physics Classroom.
- A detailed discussion of image formation by concave
mirrors, including a discussion of the basic
anatomy of a curved mirror, how
an image is formed by a concave mirror, the two
rules of reflection for concave mirrors, the use of
ray diagrams for
concave mirrors, characteristics
of images formed by concave mirrors, the use of
equation to solve concave mirror problems, and the
problem of spherical
aberration. Start in Lesson
3a of the Physics Classroom.
- A detailed discussion of image formation by convex
mirrors, including a discussion of how
an image is formed by a convex mirror, the use of
ray diagrams for
convex mirrors, characteristics
of images formed by convex mirrors, and the use of
equation. Start in Lesson
4a of the Physics Classroom.
- An online animation illustrating the most basic law
governing the ray nature of light - The
Law of Reflection.
- An online animation of Image
Formation for Plane Mirrors accompanied by a
discussion of what is meant by image and an
illustration of why all people see the image to be
located at the same location.
- Several online animations demonstrating how ray
diagrams serve as useful tools in determining the image
location for concave mirrors:
- Two animations illustrating of how reflected light
from a concave mirror allows all viewers to see the same
image at the same location.
- Finally, there is a unit review at the Review
Session and some sample quizzes at the Quiz
Still under construction.