Ch 14: Basics of Optics

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Use this collection of physics lessons to boost your optics knowledge for exams, class assignments, homework or fun. You can access these mobile-friendly lessons and quizzes at any time that fits your schedule.

Basics of Optics - Chapter Summary

Review the basics of optics with this comprehensive online physics chapter. Using an engaging and simplified teaching approach, our expert instructors define fundamental mirror and lens equations, related optics laws and the concept of thin film interference. You'll be able to practice solving optics problems on your own by taking the included self-assessment quizzes. Work through the chapter at your own pace, and submit questions to our instructors if you have any. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Differentiate between plane and spherical mirrors
  • Describe ray tracing with mirrors
  • Solve mirror and lens problems using relevant equations
  • Apply the thin lens equation
  • Summarize Malus' law and Brewster's law
  • Tell how thin film interference works

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Basics of Optics
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Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

1. Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and how plane mirrors and spherical mirrors are different, including the images they produce. A short quiz will follow.

Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

2. Ray Tracing with Mirrors: Reflected Images

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a mirror is and use ray tracing diagrams, along with the law of reflection, to explain what you see when you look in a mirror. A short quiz will follow.

Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

3. Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

After watching this lesson, you will be able to answer questions on mirrors, stating whether an image is real or virtual, upright or inverted, and larger or smaller. A short quiz will follow.

Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions

4. Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what a lens is (both concave and convex), list uses of lenses in everyday life, and use the thin lens equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions

5. Using Equations to Answer Lens Questions

After watching this video, you should be able to use equations to answer lens questions, including figuring out whether the image produced by a lens is real or virtual, bigger or smaller, and upright or inverted. A short quiz will follow.

Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

6. Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what polarization of light is, list a number of examples of how polarization of light is used, state Malus's Law, and use it to solve problems involving the intensity of light through a polarizer.

Polarization by Reflection & Brewster's Law

7. Polarization by Reflection & Brewster's Law

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what polarization by reflection is, give a few examples of polarization in everyday life, explain Brewster's Law descriptively and use the equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

How Thin Film Interference Works

8. How Thin Film Interference Works

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how thin film interference works, give examples of thin film interference in everyday life and solve simple problems. A short quiz will follow.

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