2011/2012 Team
Owen P.
Luke J
Domineyk R
Kelsey J

Roger Burdi

2010/11 Optics Team:
Nathan K.
Jessie S. (A)
Lily H./Nick D./Nathan L.?





1. Decide who is going to study geometric optics and who is going to study Physical optics.
2. Begin taking and organizing notes for all parts under your specific area. Use these websites to start:
http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/SnellsLaw.html Snell's Law explanation
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/Hbase/geoopt/prism.html - Prisms
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/LensmakersEquation/0 - Lens makers equation
all of these videos are great!

Check out these interatives:


Virtual Optics Lab

Check out videos and more on the North Carolina site:


Click here for Science Olympiad information on use of Lasers


http://soinc.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/Optics2010v3.pdf (from 2010 trial events)




The nature, properties and behaviors of waves are discussed and illustrated; the unique nature of a standing wave is introduced and explained.

Light Waves and Color

The behavior of light waves is introduced and discussed; polarization, color, diffraction and interference are introduced as supporting evidence of the wave nature of light. Color perception is discussed in detail.

Reflection and the Ray Model of Light

The ray nature of light is used to explain how light reflects off of planar and curved surfaces to produce both real and virtual images; the nature of the images produced by plane mirrors, concave mirrors, and convex mirrors is thoroughly illustrated.

Refraction and the Ray Model of Light

The ray nature of light is used to explain how light refracts at planar and curved surfaces; Snell's law and refraction principles are used to explain a variety of real-world phenomena; refraction principles are combined with ray diagrams to explain why lenses produce images of objects.

http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/SnellsLaw.html Snell's Law explanation


http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/Hbase/geoopt/prism.html - Prisms

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/LensmakersEquation/0 - Lens makers equation

Research meausuring laser and mirror reflections. Study the Part III set-up and begin to understand how you would use measurements to hit the target. Be ready to share your findings at the next practice. Use http://scioly.org/wiki/Optics as a starting point.

Take this on-line quiz about geometric optics: http://www.dctech.com/physics/help/optics/test.php

Do the following worksheet on the bright light spectra: http://www.wvec.k12.in.us/harrison/bcreech/Chem1/semester1/Unit%204/WS4-1.pdf

Do the on-line quizzes: http://dev.physicslab.org/Document.aspx?doctype=5&filename=GeometricOptics_SphericalMirrorEquations.xml, http://dev.physicslab.org/Document.aspx?doctype=5&filename=GeometricOptics_ThinLensEquation4.xml

Use this resource http://dev.physicslab.org/TOC.aspx to research lessons and other on-line quizzes for optics.

After researching formulas, try this activity: http://www.pleasanton.k12.ca.us/fhsweb/newbery/Unit%20%2313%20refraction%20PDF/Lenses%20worksheet.pdf

Let me know if this doesn't open for you. It's a good one:

did u know:

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practice test -c-level http://www.olympiad.k12.de.us/documents/Optics_Practice_Test_2011.pdf