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Reflection and Refraction Module (no light stations)

module #P130

At the start of this nine activity module, students explore plane and curved mirrors, discover the rule for reflection of light, and track light beams to understand mirror images. They then use lenses to study refraction and add to their knowledge of how changing the direction of light can create altered images. Students also learn how to measure focal length, make a simple camera, and observe how focused light energy is converted to heat energy. The activities in this module (and in the related P110 and P120 modules) were developed at the University of Kentucky and include materials designed for seamless use with LAB-AIDS® Light Stations. If you’ve purchased the P110 Investigating Light Module, you can purchase the P130A extension package to avoid getting duplicate materials. LIGHT STATIONS NOT INCLUDED.


Investigations 1 Exploring what you see-and don’t see-in plane mirrors 2 Discovering the rule for reflection of light in plane mirrors 3 Tracking light beams to understand images in mirrors 4 Using curved mirrors to cause light to diverge or converge to an image point 5 Observing light beams refract (change direction) as they move from one medium to another 6 Making and measuring images 7 Measuring the focal length of lenses 8 Making a model camera-an application of lenses and images 9 Using lenses to focus light energy and watching it convert to heat energy

  • Light follows rules when it reflects and refracts.
  • Changing the direction of light can create altered images.
  • Different lenses can have different focal lengths and create different images.

Content List in Reflection and Refraction Module (no light stations) is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher’s Guide with CD and reproducible student pages
200 Glue dots
50 Removable strips of tape, , 3/8"x 2"
32 LAB-AIDS® Mirror holders for plane mirror
32 White focusing cards, 4.25 x 5.5"
16 Plane mirrors, 3x4.5"
16 Colored pencils, red/blue
8 LAB-AIDS® Light Station Beam blocker, T-shaped
8 LAB-AIDS® Light Station mask, diffuser overlay, arrow
8 LAB-AIDS® Light Station mask, diffusing
8 LAB-AIDS® Light Station mask, single slot
8 LAB-AIDS® Light Station mask, triple slot
8 LAB-AIDS® Mirror holders for flexible mirror
8 LAB-AIDS® View screen and stands sets
8 LAB-AIDS® Model camera boxes
8 Lenses, convex, glass 2" diameter
8 Lenses, convex, plastic 1" diameter
8 Fresnel Lens, positive (lens C),
8 Fresnel Lens, positive (lens D),
8 Fresnel Lens, negative (lens E)
8 Flexible mirrors
8 Translucent plastic model camera view screens
8 Thermal sensors, 25-30° C range
8 Color filters, square frame, night blue
8 Color filters, square frame, red
8 Lens holders for Fresnel lens C
8 Lens holders for glass convex lens
8 Wooden cylinders, green
8 Wooden cylinders, yellow
8 Cylindrical bottles w/cap
8 Oval bottles w/cap
8 Rectangular bottles w/cap
8 Foil sheets, 2x3"
8 Measuring tape, 150cm
8 Papers, red, 2x3", pk/8
8 10' lengths of string
8 White papers, 2x3"
Number of students
8 small groups per period.

To complete the 9 activities in this module will require eleven to eighteen ~55 minute periods.