Cylindrical Mirror

Using flexible mirror-like paper, physical scientists experiment with images produced by curving it and looking into its reflective surface. They find that concave mirrors cause reflected light waves to cross and actually flip the image at certain distances. Include this activity with several more on how light travels.

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Pros

  • A simple and classic activity for examining reflection with concave mirrors
  • Provides a thorough explanation of what path light takes in certain situations
Cons

  • Aluminized Mylar™ is not easy to obtain; instead, use mirror poster board, which combines both the aluminized Mylar™ and construction paper in the materials