Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Curriculum Corner, Reflection and Mirrors

Our Curriculum Corner includes in excess of 200 Think Sheets on discrete topics. Each Think Sheet takes a developmental approach to a topic. The following Think Sheets provide exceptional support for this video. 

Ray Diagrams for Convex Mirrors

Object-Image Relations (Concave and Convex mirros included)

Physics Interactives: Optics Bench - Mirrors

This simulation provides a playful way to learn. Alter a variable, experiment with a system, and interact with the simulation in order to find out how nature works. Our Optics Bench simulation allows students to explore the reflection of light by curved mirrors and the formation of images. The object location and height and the mirror focal length can be easily altered. The simulation comes with an activity sheet.


Physics Interactives: Name That Image

This Interactive from our simulation section provides students with an object locaton along the principal axis. You must identify the corresponding image based on location, relative size, and orientation. Its great practice. It includes both convex and concave mirrors.


Minds On Physics, Reflection and Mirrors module, Mission RM8 and RM9

Our Minds On Physics program provides an intense workout in careful reading, logical thinking, and conceptual reasoning. It's like eating broccoli - nobody likes it but you know it's good for you. Mission RM8 on Ray Tracing for Convex Mirrors and Mission RM9 on Object-Image Relations for Convex Mirrors make for great follow-up activities to this video.


Tutorial: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light, Lesson 4

When you need to quickly review a topic and/or freshen up on a concept, the Tutorial section of our website is your go-to place.  The following two pages make a good complement of this video.

Ray Diagrams - Convex Mirrors

Image Characteristics for Convex Mirrors

Teacher Toolkits: Image Formation by Curved Mirrors

We love our Teacher Toolkits. We hope you do as well. They include a collection of links to vetted resources throughout the web that are standards-based and multi-media driven.