• WEEK 6 (Next week - Optics Midterm Exam on block day 10/2-10/3)


    Monday 9/23

    •  Review Snell's law, ray diagrams, lens & magnification equation

    •  Refraction Phenomena powerpoint (slides 1-7)

       - apparent depth, underwater eyesight, atmospheric distortion (longer sunset, mirages)

       - total internal reflection

       - critical angle


    QUIZ PREP:

    Review Optics Homework #7-#12

    Review the Refraction Lab, Snell's Law Lab, and Converging Lens Lab. Solutions are found here

    Review ray diagrams - this Physics Classroom Interactive and this applet are helpful

    Review refraction in a prism - this PHET SImulation is helpful. Click on prisms on the bottom and try it out!

    Need more practice? Try the Optics Review Sessions at Physics Classroom


    Tuesday 9/24

    HOMEWORK 10-12 DUE TODAY

    •  Optics Quiz #2

    Homework: Assignment #13


    Block Day 9/25 & 9/26

    LENS LAB DUE TODAY

    •  Refraction Phenomena powerpoint (slides 8-9)

       - Total Internal Reflection applications

       - TIR demos: fiber optics

    •  Refraction Phenomena powerpoint (slides 10-14)

       - dispersion and its effects

       - chromatic aberration

       - rainbows, diamonds, other dispersion effects

    •  LAB: Total Internal Reflection

       - data collection and analysis

    Homework: Assignment #14


    Friday 9/27

    •  Refraction Phenomena powerpoint (slides 15-17)

       - optics of the human eye

       - basic human vision

       - components of the eye

       - accomodation (far and near point of vision)

       - demo: "Inverted Image on the Retina"
     


    WEEK 5

    Monday 9/16

    •  Grades posted (login: last name, password: student ID)

       - reminder to check homework often!

       - quiz correction policies

    •  Refraction and Snell's Law (Refraction & Lenses slide 7-8)

       - Problems 46*,47*,48**,52*,53**

       - Physics classroom interactive: Refraction

       - Snell's law with prism, PHET applet for prisms

       - Lens characteristics

       - Converging (convex) vs. diverging (concave)

       - Focal length variables

    Homework: Assignment #10


    Tuesday 9/17

    HOMEWORK 7-9 DUE TODAY

    •  Refraction & Lenses powerpoint (slide 9)

       - thin lens equation

       - sign conventions, comparison to mirrors

       - examples

       - Honors: multiple lens problems (compound microscope, slide 12)

    Homework: Assignment #11


    Block Day 9/18 & 9/19

    REFRACTION LAB AND SNELL'S LAW LAB DUE TODAY

    •  LAB: Real Images from a Converging Lens

       - data collection and analysis

    •  Ray Diagrams

       - converging (convex) and diverging (concave) lenses (Refraction & Lenses slide 10)

       - PHET applet for lenses and Physics Interactive for lenses

    •  Demo: Fresnel Lens (if time)

    Homework: Assignment #12


    Friday 9/20

    •  Lens summary

       - object/image table

       - group work on whiteboards (Homework Problems 61,62,63,64,65,68,69,70,71.72.73,74)

       - practice ray diagrams!



    WEEK 4

    Monday 9/9

    •  Prepare for Tuesday's quiz

       - mirror summary for quiz prep

       - convex mirror ray diagram

       - homework questions

    •  Refraction & Lenses powerpoint (slides 1-4)

       - index of refraction: definition, example

       - path of least time

       - demo: disappearing beaker

    Homework: Study for Optics Quiz


    QUIZ PREP:

    Review Optics Homework #1-#6

    Review both Plane Mirror Lab and Curved Mirror Lab. Solutions are found here
     
    Review Physics Classroom Interactives - Who Can See Who and Ray Diagram applet (or Optics Bench Mirrors)

    Need more practice? Try the Optics Review Sessions at Physics Classroom


    Tuesday 9/10

    HOMEWORK 4-6 DUE TODAY

    •  Optics Quiz #1

    Homework: Assignment #7


    Wednesday 9/11

    •  LAB: Refraction of Light, part B

       - data collection and analysis for light in oil

       - finish Refraction Lab analysis using TI Graphing Calculator

    •  Refraction & Lenses powerpoint(slides 5-6)

       - particles vs. waves

       - Snell's law of refraction

    Homework: Assignment #8


    Block Day 9/12 & 9/13 (Thursday blocks are periods 4, 5, 6, 7 and Friday blocks are periods 1, 2, 3)

    UPDATE: REFRACTION LAB & SNELL'S LAW LAB DUE NEXT WEEK ON BLOCK DAY

    •  Refraction & Lenses powerpoint(slides 7)

       - demo: "Refraction through a block"

       - example problems

    •  LAB: Snell's Law

       - data collection and analysis

    Homework: Assignment #9


    WEEK 3


    Monday 9/2

    •  Labor Day - no school


    Tuesday 9/3

    HOMEWORK 1-3 DUE TODAY

    •  Homework questions

    •  Real vs. Virtual Images

       - Reflection & Mirrors powerpoint (slides 5-7), lab discussion

    •  Concave vs. Convex Mirrors

       - demo: "Light Box with Mirrors"

       - spherical aberration

    •  Ray diagrams

       - concave mirror example

    Homework: Assignment #4


    Block Day 9/4 & 9/5

    CURVED MIRROR LAB - PAGE 7 ONLY DUE TODAY

    •  Ray diagrams

       - convex mirror example

       - Ray Diagram applet

    •  Reflection & Mirrors powerpoint (slides 8-10)

       - Mirror equation and magnification equation, sign conventions

       - group work on whiteboards (Optics Review Sessions Problems 3,4,5,6,7,36,37,38,39,40,41,42)

       - mirror summary

    Homework: Assignment #5


    Friday 9/6

    CURVED MIRROR LAB - PAGES 8-10 DUE TODAY

    •  LAB: Refraction of Light, part A

       - data collection and analysis for light in water

    •  More on mirror and magnification equation

    Homework: Assignment #6



    WEEK 2

    Monday 8/26

    •  Seating charts

    •  Distribute textbooks, assignments sheets

    •  Course policies

       - syllabus, materials, grading, homework, quizzes, exams, tardies/absences, makeup work, behavior, attendance

    •  Optics demos, animations

       - “Corner Reflector” (bike reflector)

       - “Reversed Eye Chart”

       - Pinhole camera applet, Billiard analogy applet

    Homework: Assignment #1
     
    Tuesday 8/27
     
    •  Reflection & Mirrors powerpoint (slides 1-2)

       - lab observations

       - virtual images

    •  Optics demos

       - “Minimum Length of a Mirror”

       - “Reversed Image”

    •  Video on mirror image reversal: Physics Girl

    Homework: Assignment #2

    Block Day 8/28 & 8/29

    PLANE MIRROR LAB DUE TODAY

    •  Warm up problem

       - plane mirrors: "Who Can See Who?"

    •  Reflection & Mirrors powerpoint (slides 3-4)

       - specular vs. diffuse reflection

     •  LAB: Curved Mirrors, part A

       - data collection and analysis for real images

    Homework: Assignment #3

    Friday 8/30

    •  LAB: Curved Mirrors, part B

       - data collection and analysis for virtual images



    WEEK 1

    Wednesday 8/21

    •  Welcome: A quick overview - "What is physics?"

    •  Lab notebooks

       - bring a 3-ring binder, paper, pencil, calculator (if you have one)

       - print Fall Semester Lab Manual

    •  Optics demos

       - "Modulated Laser"

       - "Image Walk"

    •   Student information sheets

    HOMEWORK: Complete Student Information Sheet


    Thursday 8/22

    •  LAB: Reflections from a Plane Mirror, part A

       - data collection and analysis

    HOMEWORK: Read Course Syllabus and Policies


    Friday 8/23

    •  demo: "Parallax"

    •  LAB: Reflections from a Plane Mirror, part B

       - data collection and analysis

    HOMEWORK: Print Fall Semester Lab Manual