6A20.15 - Mirrors - Blackboard Optics - Curved Mirrors and Colored Rays

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Mirrors - Blackboard Optics - Curved Mirrors and Colored Rays
Reflection & Geometric Optics
Area of Study:
Blackboard Optics set, colored filter panel, mirrors.

Place the colored filter panel over the rays of the blackboard optics 5 ray projector to produce 5 rays of different colors.  Do the geometric optics demonstrations with the mirrors to observe the reflected rays.

  • Tim Maley, Will Stoll, Kadir Demir, "Seeing an Old Lab in a New Light: Transforming a Traditional Optics Lab into Full Guided Inquiry", TPT, Vol. 51, # 6, Sept. 2013, p. 368.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, David Maiullo, "Follow the Ray", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 332.

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