INTRODUCTION

In this PhysicsQuest you will learn about  phenomena and applications of the Physics of Light.

PROCESS AND RESOURCES

- Visit the links provided for each section and answer the questions.
- After each question be sure to include an annotated  link of the website(s)  you
  used to obtain the information.
- Please use your own words!

SECTION 1. FIBER OPTICS
1. Describe Fiber Optics and explain how they transmit light.
2. What is the Physics principle behind Fiber Optics?
3. Briefly describe three applications of Fiber Optics

Suggested Links:
How Fiber-Optics Work
Fiber Optics Explanation
Physics of Fiber Optics
Total Internal Reflection


SECTION 2. HUMAN EYE
4. Discuss how does the eye work analogous to a camera.
5. Describe three vision defects: Nearsightedness, Farsightedness
and Astigmatism
6. Explain which kinds of lenses are needed to correct the previous vision defects. Be sure to use the same terminology as we use in class!

Suggested Links:
How does the Human Eye Work?
Eye Anatomy
Optics of the Eye
(scroll down the webpage to find this section)
How your Eyes Work
Physics and the Human Eye
Fact Sheet: The Human Eye
The Human Eye
Common Eye Defects
Nearsightedness
Farsightedness

SECTION 3. PHYSICS EXPLAINED
7. Describe the formation of Rainbows
8. How do Mirages form?
9. Discuss the color of the Sky and the colors of Sunsets.
10. Explain how  Sunglasses work.

Suggested Links:
Physics of Rainbows
How Rainbows Work
Mirages 1
Mirages 2
Mirages 3
Blue Skies and Red Sunsets
Physics of the Blue Sky
Why the Sky is Blue
(scroll down the webpage to this section)
Sunglasses

SECTION 4. OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
11. Describe how a Microscope works.
(*) Include a diagram of the image formation by a  microscope.
12. Describe how a Refractor Telescope works.
(*) Include a diagram of the image formation by a refractor telescope.

DO NOT cut & paste! Trace your own diagrams using the links or your textbook as a resource, check the appropriate chapter.

Suggested links:
How Telescopes Work I
How Telescopes Work II
How Microscopes Work I
How Microscopes Work II
Telescopes
Microscope images
Telescope images