In this lab students study convex mirrors and see how they flip the image depending on how you hold them. It's a good lab for deepening skills and requires no setup, yay! If you're studying light and optics with your students, this is a quick and simple lab and could even be set up as a center or station.
Use this to learn and reinforce answers to questions such as:
- How does the image viewed in a concave mirror change depending on your location?
- What does an image look like when an object is held near a concave mirror?
- How are concave mirrors used in everyday life?
Once students try this activity, they can capture their observations using the included Lab Notes or probing questions included in the instructions.
- The image viewed in a concave mirror changes depending on your viewing position.
- When viewed up close, the image in the mirror is right side up and enlarged.
- When viewed from far away, the image in the mirror is upside down and flipped left to right.
Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
Materials Needed Concave mirror(s)
Prep Needed Gather supplies
Teaching Time 20-30 min
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