Unit 15: Waves and Optics – Geometric Optics

Snowflakes are beautiful. Light enters them and refracts (bends), dispersing the sun’s visible “white” light spectrum into rainbows of colors. We will explore refraction of light through human-manufactured devices called lenses, and we will also take a look at reflection of light from mirrors.

RESOURCES FOR THIS UNIT

Full teacher notes available by request via email to Michelle.Burgess@avonlakecityschools.org
from an official educational institution email address.

HELPFUL WEBSITES:

  • PhET Geometric Optics will help you experiment with lenses to create virtual and real images.
  • Optics Bench Interactive from The Physics Classroom is another great sim to help you practice forming images with lenses. Be sure to read the instructions for making it full-screen before using.

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