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Spherical Mirror Reflection

Students use an optics light source, optics track, and half screen to measure the image and object distances associated with the real image formed by a concave spherical mirror and then use principles of reflection and the spherical mirror equation to determine the mirror’s radius of curvature.

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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
C.1 6.E.4.1; 6.E.4.2

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Spherical Mirror Reflection - Distance Learning Lab

Spherical Mirror Reflection - Distance Learning Lab

Use principles of reflection and the spherical mirror equation to determine a mirror’s radius of curvature based on the provided measurements of the image...

Source: Lab #05

Advanced Physics 2 Lab Manual

Spherical Mirror Reflection