Ch 19: Chapter 19: Optics

About This Chapter

The Optics chapter of this Prentice Hall Physical Science Companion Course helps students learn the essential physical science lessons of optics. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Optics textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Physical Science's Optics chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the optics topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Thin lens equation
  • Large structures of the eye
  • Types of telescopes and their uses
  • Components of the compound microscope
  • Plane and spherical mirrors
  • Mirror ray tracing
  • Equations for solving mirror questions

Prentice Hall is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, which is not affiliated with Study.com.

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Chapter 19: Optics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Thin Lens Equation: Examples & Questions

1. 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.

The Eye and Eyesight: Large Structures

2. The Eye and Eyesight: Large Structures

Would you be able to see anything without a lens in your eye? Does the lens change shape? Does the iris? What structure gives you your eye color? Find out all of this and about things like the ciliary muscles and the cornea as we delve into this lesson.

Types of Telescopes: Radio, Reflecting & Refracting Telescopes

3. Types of Telescopes: Radio, Reflecting & Refracting Telescopes

Learn about the different types of telescopes that astronomers use: X-ray, radio, gamma ray, reflecting and refracting. Learn what the differences are between them and what different things they show us about the universe.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

4. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

Mirrors: Difference Between Plane & Spherical

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support