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Ch 18: OAE Physics: Light, Mirrors & Lenses

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of the nature of light and color, along with information on mirrors, lenses and their uses. Our videos and quizzes help you get ready for questions on this subject when you take the OAE Physics exam.

OAE Physics: Light, Mirrors & Lenses - Chapter Summary

In this chapter's lessons, you'll see how mirrors and lenses work and learn about the origin of light, light rays and color. The videos cover the following topics that could help you with questions on the OAE Physics exam:

  • The origin of light, color spectrum and frequency
  • Principles of reflection, refraction and dispersion
  • Types of light rays
  • Equations for solving mirror questions
  • How an optical telescope works
  • Function of the eye's lens
  • Parts and uses of a compound microscope

These lessons cover topics you may have studied in high school and college, but there will probably be some new information, too. You can watch the videos on a computer or mobile device and move through the chapter on your own timetable.

OAE Physics: Light, Mirrors & Lenses - Chapter Objectives

In Ohio, teachers must pass the OAE Physics exam to get certification to teach that subject. The exam has five domains, and the material discussed in this chapter may be found in the domain on waves, which makes up 14% of the exam's total score.

The OAE Physics exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and is administered on a computer. You can get experience answering questions in this format with the quizzes that accompany our lessons. These quizzes also show you where you need extra study before test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 18: OAE Physics: Light, Mirrors & Lenses
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

1. The Nature of Light: Origin, Spectrum & Color Frequency

This lesson introduces the basics of visible light and color. Learn how the visible light spectrum is divided into the six color ranges. We'll also discuss why different people name colors in different ways.

Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

2. Reflection: Angle of Incidence and Curved Surfaces

How do waves reflect off of surfaces? How do we account for the images that we see reflected in various objects? Discover the answers to these questions as we investigate the rays and angles defining the law of reflection.

Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption

3. Color: White Light, Reflection & Absorption

What gives color to objects? How do light waves interact with materials to produce red and green or white and black? In this lesson, learn how white light is composed of all colors and how absorption and reflection influence our color perception.

Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction

4. Refraction & Dispersion: Definition, Snell's Law & Index of Refraction

Refraction explains why light bends in water. But, did you know that mathematical laws determine exactly how light waves are bent? In this lesson, we'll explore the mechanics of wave refraction, including Snell's Law and the index of refraction.

Using Equations to Answer Mirror Questions

5. 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.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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