Physics Themed: Unit 5 "Mirrors & reflective optics"

05- Mirrors
Summary: In the last unit you learned about light waves focusing on visible light and phenomenon involving colors. In this unit you’ll use our brain’s perception of light traveling in straight lines to understand how mirrors work. The Law of Reflection is the basis for our understanding of mirrors and Ray Tracing with principal rays simplifies the process to something you can do in a reasonable amount of time and without protractors. Computer simulations of principal rays allow you to investigate all possible situations involving convex and concave curved mirrors. Learn Ray Tracing well since this skill applies to lenses as well as mirrors. This is a short unit with an Anamorphic Art project using a cylindrical mirror after the quest.

Resources: Online book chapter 31, reading packet 5, work packet, handouts, protractor.


Unit 05: Mirrors & Reflective Optics

Objectives, Vocabulary & Equations

Objectives, vocabulary & equations

Other important files (resources)

  1. Reading packet 5
  2. Work packet - Mirror & Reflective Optics

Tutorials (right-click and save file locally ("save target as"), then play)

  1. Notes 03-02 (2013)


More Links

  1. Notes 05 - Combined Notes
  2. Tutorial: Notes 05-01 Two reflection types. How do we know something is there? Why do we think something is there, when it's not?
  3. Tutorial: Notes 05-02 Ray tracing, reflection angles, flat mirror example in detail
  4. Tutorial: Notes 05-03 Ray tracing summary, cool curved-mirror geometry, convex/concave sample
  5. Tutorial: Notes 05-04 Source of horizontal light rays, Car mirrors, Other mirrors, Satellite Dish, Cheat sheet advice
  6. We THINK light travels in straight lines...Basis for mirrors & lenses
  7. LAB: Mirror notes 1 - smaller, more focused
  8. LAB: Mirror notes 2 - bigger, more information
  9. Mirror lessons & simulation
  10. Reflection of light lessons & simulation
  11. Concave spherical mirror lessons & simulation
  12. Concave mirror - very simple simulation
  13. Convex spherical mirror lessons & simulation
  14. Internet PPT with Ray Tracing lessons
  15. Ray tracing scratch paper - print out for extra practice!