Reflection and Refraction

Laboratory eleven investigated reflection and refraction.

Is there a linear relationship between the object distance and the image distance for a mirror? Is there a linear relationship between the depth of an image below the surface of water and the actual depth of the object below the surface of water? What is the index of refraction for water implied by that relationship?

Note that while science tends to explore questions, these questions can be rewritten as student learning outcomes. Students will be able to determine the nature of the relationship between the object distance and image distance for a plane mirror. If the relationship is linear, students will be able to determine the slope and intercept for the relationship. Students will be able to determine the nature of the relationship between the object depth and image depth for am object underwater. Students will be able to calculate the index of refraction for water based on the slope of the relationship between the object depth and image depth for an object underwater.


Drexler records reflection data. Is the distance of the bolt in front of the mirror equal to the apparent distance of the bolt behind the mirror?

Gibson and Marcyliza making mirror measurements

Myreesha, Gloria, and Jade


Trinia and Heroleen

Marcyliza and Gibson measure actual depth and apparent depth of a penny on the way to determining the index of refraction of water

Myreesha and Jade

DeBrum and Heroleen

Directions


Samantha and Bee Heartly

Ervin and Jayvin 

Jeffery and Andy

Cynthia Sonden and Darleen Charley

Cynthia attempts to verify Darleen's results

Kamerihna Santiago and Tricia Helgenberger

Bee Heartly and Samantha

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