ERIC Number: EJ1174726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Lens Ray Diagrams with a Spreadsheet
González, Manuel I.
Physics Education, v53 n3 Article 035016 May 2018
Physicists create spreadsheets customarily to carry out numerical calculations and to display their results in a meaningful, nice-looking way. Spreadsheets can also be used to display a vivid geometrical model of a physical system. This statement is illustrated with an example taken from geometrical optics: images formed by a thin lens. A careful mixture of standard Excel functions allows to display a realistic automated ray diagram. The suggested spreadsheet is intended as an auxiliary didactic tool for instructors who wish to teach their students to create their own ray diagrams.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Visual Aids, Spreadsheets, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Equations (Mathematics)
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