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Have fun with a curvy fun house mirror

Suitable For

Grade 2

Difficulty

1

Time Required

 <2 Days

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

People have a lot of fun looking at themselves in curvy fun house mirrors at amusement parks. You can have a great laugh by stretching or squeezing your reflection in such a mirror! Make your own fun house mirror in the following experiment:

Topics covered

Retina

What will I need?

  • HIGH REFLECTIVITY MIRROR CONTACT PAPER
  • A4 SHEET OF CARDBOARD

Procedure (Method)

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

How does it work?

Unfortunately, this section is only available in the e-book version of the project.

This science experiment works because light tries to bounce off a curved mirror at an angle equal to the angle at which it went in, but instead it gets bounced off in unusual angles. The lens of your eye has trouble trying to focus on the light bouncing off the mirror. The curved mirror causes the image to be spread out and be blurred, instead of focusing all the light, and also the image, to the same point to your eye. The place where the lens focuses the blurred image on your eye’s retina, is called the ‘circle of least confusion’. Our brains struggle to interpret the distorted light waves and image, hence we see a distorted, confused image of the ‘fun house mirror’.

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