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AP Physics

Week 26 (2/21-2/25)


Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
NO SCHOOL Wavelength change, heat mirages, apparent depth Spherical mirrors, image formation SNOW DAY SNOW DAY

Test--Geometric Optics on Tuesday 3/1

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Equipment needed:  pen/pencil, scientific calculator, notebook will be needed everyday


Unit 11--Geometric Optics

Chapter 22 Problems pp. 706709: Due Wednesday 2/23
Reflection:  13, 16
Refraction:  29, 32, 36, 38, 39, 49, 55
Dispersion:  62, 65,
Additional Exercises:  67


Chapter 23 Problems pp. 736740: Due Monday 2/28
Plane Mirrors: 12, 13, 16
Spherical Mirrors:  24, 25, 30, 33, 34, 36, 43
Lenses:  55, 59, 61, 66, 68,  

AP Problems due Monday 2/28
1993B4, 1986B6

Main concepts

law of reflection
specular vs. diffuse reflection
Snell's Law
Index of refraction (material effect on speed and wavelength)
total internal reflection

image formation
plane mirrors
converging and diverging mirrors & lenses
ray tracing
focal point
real vs. virtual images
spherical aberration
Image equations
Lensmaker's equation

Useful links:    
AP Yearly Schedule
Your textbook companion site,

Physics Classroom

Java games
Refraction through a prism

    How Light Works
    How Light Sticks Work
    How Black Lights Work
    How Light Bulbs Work
    How Lasers Work
    How Vision Works
    How Fluorescent Lamps Work
    Why is the sky blue?
    How Telescopes Work
    How the Hubble Space Telescope Works
    How Microscopes Work
    How Fresnel Lenses Work
    How Cameras Work

Career Links
International Society for Optical Engineering