Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Students have a bi-weekly online reading assignment (hosted by SurveyMonkey.com), where they answer questions based on reading their textbook, material covered in previous lectures, opinion questions, and/or asking (anonymous) questions or making (anonymous) comments. Full credit is given for completing the online reading assignment before next week's lecture, regardless if whether their answers are correct/incorrect. Selected results/questions/comments are addressed by the instructor at the start of the following lecture.
The following questions were asked on reading textbook chapters and previewing presentations on optical instruments.
Selected/edited responses are given below.
Describe what you understand from the assigned textbook reading or presentation preview. Your description (2-3 sentences) should specifically demonstrate your level of understanding.
"The two-lens ray tracing models, where the image from the first lens affects the image in the second lens. It wouldn’t make sense for these two to be separate entities, and this seems pretty straightforward."
"Angular size is the measure of how big something seems from your viewpoint. Angular magnification is the measure of how much larger the angular size of an object seems through a magnifier rather than with your naked eye. 25 cm is the near point, or the nominal closest distance an unaided eye can focus on."
"The difference between a telescope and a microscope. They both serve to make a object the right magnification for observation by the human eye, but do so in very different ways."
"There are various similarities between microscopes and telescopes, such as they both have focal objective lenses and eyepiece lenses to see the image. The similarities and differences also lie in the ray tracings, which I kind of don't understand."
"The distinction between ray tracings for microscopes and telescopes made sense to me. Being able to visualize it in the presentation helped. For microscopes the object is closer to the focal point and for telescopes it is really far away."
"Microscope and telescope both have two lenses. The objective takes the light from object, and creates a real image that becomes the object 2 for the eyepiece."
"Microscopes and telescopes both use converging lenses to make an object appear bigger but they differ in length in order to make a really small object seem big or a really far object seem close."
"For a microscope objective the object is placed close to the focal point and thus gives a very enlarged image. For a telescope objective the object is very far away, producing incoming rays that are essentially parallel."
Describe what you found confusing from the assigned textbook reading or presentation preview. Your description (2-3 sentences) should specifically identify the concept(s) that you do not understand.
"I will need some in class help with the new equations for microscope magnification and telescope magnification."
"The difference between microscopes and telescopes are a little difficult. I’ve had difficulty with ray tracings so I need more explanation on that."
"Since we are now studying angular magnification of compound microscopes, telescopes, and magnifying glasses we have to use different types of angular magnifications for each scenario. I am really confused as to use which equation for which scenario. I feel that if we go over some examples in class I'll have a better idea but right now I don't quite get it."
"I don't understand the microscope ray tracings and what they mean--definitely need help with that."
"I don't understand how the image from the objective becomes the object for the eyepiece."
"I'm having some trouble understanding the telescope eyepiece as well as the microscope eyepiece. This may however just be because I need some review on magnifications."
Identify the type for each of these lenses. (Only correct responses shown.)
Microscope objective: converging [82%]
Microscope eyepiece: converging [70%]
Telescope objective: converging [82%]
Telescope eyepiece: converging [70%]
Identify the ray tracing for each of these lenses. (Only correct responses shown.)
Microscope objective: ray tracing 2 [57%]
Microscope eyepiece: ray tracing 3 (or 4) [36%]
Telescope objective: ray tracing 3 (reversed) [9%]
Telescope eyepiece: ray tracing 3 (or 4) [36%]
A (compound) microscope should have a __________ focal length objective lens and a ___________ focal length eyepiece lens in order to maximize its angular magnification.
short; short. ****************  short; long. ********  long; short. *****  long; long.  (Unsure/lost/guessing/help!) **** 
A telescope should have a __________ focal length objective lens and a ___________ focal length eyepiece lens in order to maximize its angular magnification.
short; short.  short; long. *******  long; short. ******************  long; long. ***  (Unsure/lost/guessing/help!) ***** 
Ask the instructor an anonymous question, or make a comment. Selected questions/comments may be discussed in class.
"I have used a compound microscope in my microbiology class but the angular magnification equation was different there?" (The angular magnification equation for a microscope is just an approximation; and it turns out there are slightly different approximation equations. We're going to stick with the form given in the textbook.)
"Does the negative sign of the angular magnification equation indicate an upside-down image?" (sǝ⅄.)
"Can we do some examples of these angular magnification scenarios during class?"
"Can you please discuss more about angular magnification in respect to microscopes and telescopes?"
"I liked the optometry lesson the other day."