Studying light in physics class

In Physics, students are learning about the nature of light and the formation of images with mirrors.  In this activity, students began by using ray tracing to predict location and image characteristics (upright/inverted, real/virtual, magnified/reduced). Then, students set up a concave mirror and light source on an optical bench to observe five different scenarios. Through a series of measurements and observations, students were able to verify their predictions. Next week, students will study the mathematical formula that allows for these image characteristics to be calculated numerically. Students have enjoyed learning about light and reflection, and have enjoyed the connections to multiple aspects of everyday life: cameras, telescopes, microscopes, eyeglasses, and ultimately understanding how the human eye works.