6A10.10 - Blackboard Optics - Straight Mirrors

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Blackboard Optics - Straight Mirrors
Reflection & Refraction of Light Waves
Area of Study:
Blackboard Optics Kit, 12 VDC Power Supply, and Dry Erase Blackboard on Wheels.

Video Credit: Jonathan M. Sullivan-Wood

The blackboard optics unit is pretty self explanatory, however there is a pamphlet on its use with the unit and in the file.  Do Not run the power supply for the light bulb over 12 volts.

We can also do a demo on the blackboard optics unit where we explain the situation of incident angle of light rays on a mirror. Draw a straight line near the bottom of the board to represent the mirror. Then use the ellipse maker apparatus to draw your arcs and show the angles. Dry erase markers are in the drawer on the B.B. Optics Unit.

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