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Thinking Problems: Optics

Problem Name Multiple-Choice/Short Answer Multiple-Choice/Multiple Response Representation Translation Ranking Tasks Context-Based Reasoning Problems Estimation Problems Qualitative Questions Essay Questions
OP1. Measuring the speed of light a la Galileo          
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OP2. Speed of light and the GPS system (*)        
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OP3. Bizarre behavior with light (*)        
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OP4. Tracking a plane wave in a box    
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OP5. Boiling water in a microwave        
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OP6. Laser eye surgery (*)        
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OP7. Insolation of the earth (*)          
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OP8. Closer than they may appear (*)        
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OP09. Where can you see the bulb? (*)            
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OP10. Who sees what? (*)
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OP11. The camera and the slide projector (*)        
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OP12. Mirrors and lenses (*)
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OP13. What happens if a double slit winks?            
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OP14. Changing interference (*)            
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OP15. E-field and string pulses    
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OP16. Hearing and seeing around a corner (*)        
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OP17. The diverging lens (*)    
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OP18. The half lens (*)
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OP19. Alice in the looking-glass    
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OP20. A bigger lens    
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OP21. A fishy lens (*)            
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OP22. Electromagnetic light              
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OP23. Properties of EM Waves  
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OP24. Where's the image?
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OP25. Representing an interference pattern (*)    
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OP26. The microscope (*)    
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OP27. The world in a spoon (*)        
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OP28. Possible mirrors? (*)            
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OP29. Changing double slits (*)      
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OP30. Snell's law for ultrasound (*)        
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OP31. On the mirror              
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OP32. The lit/unlit bulb (*)        
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OP33. One more mirror        
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OP34. Shifting light and shadow (*)        
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OP35. Find your focus        
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OP36. Now that's surprising (*)              
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OP37. Looking into a mirror ball        
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OP38. Failure of the ray model              
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OP39. Bobbing boats      
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OP40. The magnifying glass    
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OP41. A digital camera lens          
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OP42. Closer than they appear (*)        
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OP43. TV vs mirror (*)        
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OP44. Interfering atoms        
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OP45. Choosing a lens    
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(*) Problems marked with an asterisk have web solutions available. Click on the asterisk to go to the solution. A password is required. Contact redish@umd.edu to get access.

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