Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite Edward F. Redish

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 X X OP2. Speed of light and the GPS system (*) X X OP3. Bizarre behavior with light (*) X X X OP4. Tracking a plane wave in a box (*) X OP5. Boiling water in a microwave X X OP6. Laser eye surgery (*) X X OP7. Insolation of the earth (*) X X OP8. Closer than they may appear (*) X X OP09. Where can you see the bulb? (*) X OP10. Who sees what? (*) X X X OP11. The camera and the slide projector (*) X X OP12. Mirrors and lenses (*) X X OP13. What happens if a double slit winks? X X OP14. Changing interference (*) X OP15. E-field and string pulses X X X OP16. Hearing and seeing around a corner (*) X OP17. The diverging lens (*) X X OP18. The half lens (*) X X OP19. Alice in the looking-glass X X X OP20. A bigger lens X X X OP21. A fishy lens (*) X OP22. Electromagnetic light X OP23. Properties of EM Waves X X OP24. Where's the image? X X OP25. Representing an interference pattern (*) X X OP26. The microscope (*) X X OP27. The world in a spoon (*) X X OP28. Possible mirrors? (*) X OP29. Changing double slits (*) X X OP30. Snell's law for ultrasound (*) X X X OP31. On the mirror X OP32. The lit/unlit bulb (*) X OP33. One more mirror X OP34. Shifting light and shadow (*) X OP35. Find your focus X OP36. Now that's surprising (*) X OP37. Looking into a mirror ball X OP38. Failure of the ray model X OP39. Bobbing boats X OP40. The magnifying glass X X OP41. A digital camera lens X OP42. Closer than they appear (*) X OP43. TV vs mirror (*) X X OP44. Interfering atoms X OP45. Choosing a lens X X

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