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ERIC Number: EJ1142700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Manchester's Magiscope: An Interesting Optics Puzzle
Lancor, Rachael; Lancor, Brian
Physics Teacher, v55 n2 p106-108 Feb 2017
The Magiscope was an attraction at Manchester's department store in Madison, WI, in 1939 that allowed children to peek into Santa's workshop (as shown in Fig. 1). The "magiscope" was a telescope-like device that gave children the illusion they were looking at a distant Santa, when in fact they were looking at a fabricated workshop on an upper level of the department store. In this article, we describe how we used the puzzle of the magiscope as a final assessment for our optics unit in an introductory physics course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin (Madison)
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