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Optics and images: plane mirrors

Position an object and a flat mirror to reflect light rays and produce images. Predict the size and position of the reflection produced. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Optics and images: plane mirrors [ESL]

Position an object and a flat mirror to reflect light rays and produce images. Predict the size and position of the reflection produced. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Optics and images: curved mirrors [ESL]

Position lenses and mirrors to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of a reflection produced by a mirror according to its shape: flat, concave or convex. Explore how the distance of an object from a mirror affects the image produced. This learning object is the second in a series ...

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Optics and images: lenses [ESL]

Position lenses to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of an image produced by a lens according to its shape: concave or convex. Position a lens to produce a magnified image of an object. Explore how the curvature of a lens affects focal length and images produced. Produce real ...

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Optics and images

Position lenses and mirrors to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of a reflection produced by a mirror according to its shape: flat, concave or convex. Position a lens to produce a magnified image of an object. Explore how the curvature of a lens affects focal length and images ...

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Optics and images: curved mirrors

Position lenses and mirrors to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of a reflection produced by a mirror according to its shape: flat, concave or convex. Explore how the distance of an object from a mirror affects the image produced. This learning object is the second in a series ...

Interactive resource

Optics and images: lenses

Position lenses to change the direction of light rays and produce images. Predict the properties of an image produced by a lens according to its shape: concave or convex. Position a lens to produce a magnified image of an object. Explore how the curvature of a lens affects focal length and images produced. Produce real ...

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Light and reflection: light rays

Investigate whether light rays always travel in straight lines. Rotate circular walls, each of which has a single opening. Position the walls so that light from a central bulb can be seen by a person outside the walls. Make shadows by placing a range of objects between a light source and a screen. Position shapes to make ...

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Light and reflection: using mirrors

Change the direction of a light beam using a mirror. Light the way for a scribe to see inside a pyramid. Position mirrors to direct a beam of sunlight. Choose mirrors that will reflect light at a suitable angle. Find animals on a dark night. Choose a mirror that will reflect light at a suitable angle. Notice that the light ...

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Light and reflection: using mirrors: the forest

Find animals on a dark night. Position a mirror to direct a beam of light. Choose a mirror that willl reflect light at a suitable angle. Notice that the light always travels in a straight line. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Some of the objects are also packaged as two combined learning objects.

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Light and reflection: using mirrors: the pyramid

Light the way for a scribe to see inside a pyramid. Position mirrors to direct a beam of sunlight. Choose mirrors that willl reflect light at a suitable angle. Notice that the light always travels in a straight line. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Some of the objects are also packaged as two combined ...

Assessment resource

Additive colour: assessment

Test your understanding of coloured light including the effects of shining a beam of light through a prism, of mixing light and of shining different coloured light on objects. Answer multiple-choice questions and give your reasoning for your answers. Use animations of adding different coloured light from torches to predict ...

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Subtractive colour: assessment

Test your understanding of the effect of filters on white light. Select a filter, or combination of filters to produce a particular lighting effect. Answer multiple-choice questions and give your reasoning for your answers. Predict the effect of adding different coloured filters to white light. Then use animations to help ...

Teacher resource

Light and the law of reflection: Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, students explore how light travels and the law of reflection. They consolidate their knowledge using of a range of learning objects then explore the eye and the use of lenses. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Light Shows

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of light through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Reflection, absorption and refraction of light, and consideration of how humans use light, are investigated using hands-on activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive ...

Teacher resource

Backyard Science: shadows and colours

This resource including student video, provides opportunities for students to observe, explore and form conclusions about the interaction of light with materials which result in shadows and colour. Students will apply understandings of the terms transparent, translucent and opaque to classify materials and suggest an appropriate ...

Dataset

Sea surface information: datasets

This website contains datasets for sea-surface temperatures, the presence of chlorophyll and turbidity. The data are displayed on an interactive colour-coded map, with query, transect and time series buttons. The images created can be saved and the data returned can be downloaded. The page also contains links to related ...

Moving Image

3D is back!

Andrew Woods from Curtin University answers the question 'How are 3D movies made?' Discover how how 3D glasses work. You might be surprised to find out how long ago people started making 3D movies.

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Using a lens to bend light

How can a water-filled plastic straw be used to decode a secret message? Watch as the Surfing Scientist demonstrates how lenses with a curved surface do curious things to light.

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Some objects look darker when wet

Why do some things look darker when they're wet, such as sand or clothing, and other things like stainless steel sinks don't? Watch as presenter Bernie Hobbs explains what happens when light hits water and how this influences the appearance of wet objects. This clip includes an animation that demonstrates the way light ...