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Laser-based study of geometrical optics at school level
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Paper Abstract

Students at the school level from grade 7 to 12 are taught various concepts of geometrical optics but with little hands-on activities. Light propagation through different media, image formation using lenses and mirrors under different conditions and application of basic principles to characterization of lenses, mirrors and other instruments has been a subject which although fascinates students but due to lack of suitable demonstrating setups, students find difficulty in understanding these concepts and hence unable to appreciate the importance of such concepts in various useful scientific apparatus, day to day life, instruments and devices. Therefore, students tend to cram various concepts related to geometrical optics instead of understanding them. As part of the extension activity in the University Grants Commission major research project "Investigating science hands-on to promote innovation and research at undergraduate level" and University of Delhi at Acharya Narendra Dev College SPIE student chapter, students working under this optics outreach programme have demonstrated various experiments on geometrical optics using a five beam laser ray box and various optical components like different types of mirrors, lenses, prisms, optical fibers etc. The various hands-on activities includes demonstrations on laws of reflection, image formation using plane, concave and convex mirrors, mirror formula, total internal reflection, light propagation in an optical fiber, laws of refraction, image formation using concave and convex lenses and combination of these lenses, lens formula, light propagation through prisms, dispersion in prism, defects in eye- Myopia and hypermetropia. Subjects have been evaluated through pre and post tests in order to measure the improvement in their level of understanding.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8129, Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIV, 81290M (9 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893254
Show Author Affiliations
Amit Garg, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)
Vishal Dhingra, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)
Reena Sharma, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)
Ankit Mittal, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)
Raman Tiwadi, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)
Pratik Chakravarty, Acharya Narendra Dev College (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8129:
Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XIV
R. John Koshel; G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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