Some students believe light doesn't bounce off anything (including mirrors).

Light, Sound and Waves

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

Resources to Address This

  • Travelling light (5-11)

    Ref- SPT HS01 PN03

     Pupils will often refer to things moving at the speed of light when they are talking about things moving very quickly. In the simple models set out in the previous section, the light travels from a luminous source to the eye, the light travels from the torch to the object and then to the eye.

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  • Reflection of light (11-14)

    Ref - SPT Li03 PN02

    Light beams are reflected from surfaces according to the law of reflection, which states that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.

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  • Reflecting a ray of light and a rubber ball  (11-16)

    Ref - Practical Physics; Light and Optics; Reflection of light; 

    Comparing the paths of a reflected ray of light and a rubber ball.

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References

The following studies have documented this misconception:

  • Van Zee, E. H., Hammer, D., Bell, M., Roy, P. and Peter, J. () Learning and Teaching Science as Inquiry: A Case Study of Elementary School Teachers’Investigations of Light, Science Teacher Education.

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