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Fu-Kwun Hwang
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 « Embed this message on: December 05, 2009, 11:11:25 am »

A periscope is an instrument for observation from a concealed position. In its simplest form, it is a tube in each end of which are mirrors set parallel to each other at 45 degree angle.

The size of the image is the same as the object.

The questions is: What will happen if the object is moving up?
a. The image will move up, too!
b. The image will stay at the same height.
c. The image will move down.
Make a guess before you play with it and find out the answer by yourself.

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The following is a simulation for periscope (with two flat mirrors).
Click trace checkbox to view the trace of light path (which form the image)
You can drag the object at the top right position with your mouse and watch how the light paths changed.

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For the following case: the same question again

What will happen if the object is moving up?
a. The image will move up, too!
b. The image will stay at the same height.
c. The image will move down.

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 « Embed this message Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009, 08:14:17 pm »

the model used to simulate the periscope seems to need some more refinement.
the bug is attached.
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 « Embed this message Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009, 09:47:05 pm »

Thank you! The bug has been fixed. :-)
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