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Lab Equipment: Optics


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You will get to learn about the different equipment used in physics labs and what it is used for. Focus on mechanics, optics, and the study of waves, and learn about graphing calculators too.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain how the equipment in an optics laboratory is used.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What are some of the tools you might find in an optics laboratory?

~ Some of the tools you might find in an optics laboratory include light sources, mirrors, lenses, prisms, filters, protractors, and handheld visual spectroscopes.

What happens when white light enters a prism?

~ When white light enters a prism, it is refracted and dispersed by the prism's first and second surfaces. This produces a spectrum.

How does a polarizing filter work?

~ When light rays encounter a polarizing filter, all of the rays with polarization orientation aligned with the filter are allowed to pass through, and all the waves with orientation perpendicular to the filter are blocked.

What is a handheld spectroscope?

~ A handheld spectroscope is a piece of laboratory equipment that is used to get accurate spectra from any visible light source.

What is the advantage of using computer in optics?

~ Answer may vary. For example, with the help of computer, we can easily draw ray diagrams of concave and convex mirrors and converging and diverging lenses.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: angle of incidence, angle of reflection, and concave lens.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary angle of incidence, angle of reflection, concave lens