6A20.24 - Mirrors - Curved Mirrors, Caustics, and Anamorphic Images

See paragraph one in the procedure section.
See paragraph two in the procedure section.
Code Number:
6A20.24
Demo Title:
Mirrors - Curved Mirrors, Caustics, and Anamorphic Images
Condition:
Excellent
Principle:
Reflection & Refraction of, Light Waves
Area of Study:
Optics
Equipment:
Semicircular mirror, Mylar mirror, The Magic Mirror Book, and flashlight.
Procedure:

Point the flashlight at the semicircular mirror, from an upward angle of about 45 degrees.  The caustic should be very apparent.

Turn the magic mirror book to the desired image.  Roll the Mylar mirror and place in the designated spot and the anamorphic image should be deciphered to a recognizable picture.

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