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This is a high school computer lab activity developed specifically for use with the PhET simulation Geometric Optics.  It contains a two-page student lab guide with a ten-point formal assessment at the conclusion.  The primary objective is to promote understanding of convergent lens optics using a 3-ray system (parallel-focal, focal-parallel, central).  Directions are explicit, allowing the flexibility to conduct the activity in either a school computer lab or at a student's home.

This resource is part of a larger collection of interactive Java simulations for students of physics, developed by the Physics Education Technology project at the University of Colorado.

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Thin Lens
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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= Student Guide
- Assessment Material
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- Physics First
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- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Light, Refraction, Vision, clicker questions, convergent lens, convex lens, experiment simulation, image, interactive multimedia, lens, lesson plan, marginal ray, optics, optics lesson, principal ray, ray diagrams, real image, screen, virtual image
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Metadata instance created May 20, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

A very well-designed problem set by the PhET team, intended specifically for use with the simulation Geometric Optics (see item directly above).  It contains a two-page student guide with explicit directions on using the settings within the simulation.  It ends with a 10-point assessment to gauge student understanding of light refraction through a convex lens.

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PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ray Optics PhET Lab. (2008, August 11). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from Physics Education Technology Project: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/3159
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