Ray Optics: Reflection and Mirrors

 

We have 12 ready-to-use problem sets on the topic of Reflection and Mirrors. These problem sets focus on the use of geometric relationships and mathematical formulas (e.g., the mirror and magnification equations) to analyze situations associated with formation of images by plane, concave, and convex mirrors.


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Problem Set RM1 – The Law of Reflection
Use the law of reflection to identify a variety of angle measures formed as light reflects off a flat surface such as a plane mirror. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM2 – Plane Mirror Images
Understand geometric relationships associated with the images formed up objects placed in front of plane mirrors. Includes 5 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM3 – Curved Mirrors – Concepts and Terminology
Identify the meaning and sign conventions associated with focal length, radius of curvature, image height, image distance, and magnification. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM4 – Concave Mirrors 1
Use the mirror and magnification equations to determine the image distance, image height, and magnification for objects placed at several strategic locations in front of a concave mirror. Includes 3 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM5 – Concave Mirrors 2
Use the mirror and magnification equations to calculate the image distance and image height if given the object distance and the focal length for concave mirrors.  Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM6 – Concave Mirrors 3
Given the object distance and either the focal length or radius of curvature, determine the image distance and either the image height or the image magnification for concave mirrors. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM7 – Concave Mirrors 4
Use the mirror and magnification equations to relate the various strategic measurements associated with object and image locations and sizes for concave mirrors. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM8 – Concave Mirrors 5
Use the mirror and magnification equations and an understanding of sign conventions to solve concave mirror word problems. Most problems involve complex algebraic manipulations. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM9 – Convex Mirrors 1
Given the object distance and either the focal length or radius of curvature, determine the image distance and either the image height or the image magnification for convex mirrors. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM10 – Convex Mirrors 2
Use the mirror and magnification equations and an understanding of sign conventions to solve convex mirror word problems. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM11 – Convex Mirrors 3
Use the mirror and magnification equations and an understanding of sign conventions to solve concave mirror word problems. Many problems require complex algebraic manipulations. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set RM12 – Curved Mirrors, Mixed Type
Interpret given information about a curved mirror to determine the mirror type, the +/- nature of given quantities and use the mirror and magnification equations to calculate an unknown quantity. Includes 8 problems.

 
 
 
 
 


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