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C.1 Introduction to imaging

Experiments

Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.

Curved Mirrors and Images

Experiment #15 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Use curved mirrors to produce real and virtual images.
  • Explore how the position of the object affects the appearance, orientation, and size of real images produced by concave mirrors.
  • Explore how mirror characteristics and the position of the object affect the appearance, orientation, and size of virtual images produced by concave and convex mirrors.
  • Determine the relationship between object distance, image distance, focal length, and magnification in real images produced by concave mirrors.

Thin Lenses and Real Images

Experiment #16 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Use lenses to produce real images.
  • Explore how lens characteristics and the position of the object affect the appearance, orientation, and size of real images.
  • Determine the relationship between object distance, image distance, focal length and magnification in real images produced by convex lenses.

Thin Lenses and Virtual Images

Experiment #17 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Use ray diagrams to show the formation of virtual images by concave and convex lenses.
  • Contrast characteristics of real and virtual images.
  • Examine the conditions under which a convex lens acts like a magnifying glass.
  • Use a combination of lenses to form a telescope.

Aperture and Depth of Field

Experiment #18 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Predict and observe the effect of the size and shape of the aperture on the formation of a real image.
  • Observe how the size of the aperture affects the depth of field.
  • Observe how focal length and object distance affect the depth of field.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Subject
Physics
Section
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Topic
C. Imaging

* The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

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