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Distorted Images in Curved Mirrors

Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Curved mirror, image, concave, convex

Introduction

Have you ever visited a house of mirrors and seen a wacky-looking version of yourself? In this activity you can construct your own miniature house of mirrors. Try it out and see what funny reflections you can make!

Credits

Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Mirror paper, available from a craft or paper supply store or online. New, unwrinkled aluminum foil can be used, but because the images are fuzzier, the observations will not be as clear.
  • Old flip-flop that can be damaged. If unavailable, use an old insole or thick cardboard.
  • Two skewers
  • Small colorful objects. Figurines are fun. The cap of a pen, a battery, an eraser, etc. work just as well. If you use aluminum foil, it is important to choose brightly-colored objects.
  • Stainless steel spoon, as new as possible.
  • Optional: Glue
  • Optional: Stainless steel cups, pots, ladles, etc.
    Materials needed for the curved mirrors STEM activity

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Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Curved mirror, image, concave, convex