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This item is a chapter in a beginning physics tutorial.  The ray nature of light is used to explain how light reflects off both planar and curved surfaces to produce images.  Reflection produced by plane mirrors, concave mirrors, and convex mirrors are all explored with accompanying flash animations to illustrate geometric properties.

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Optics
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Law of Reflection, concave mirrors, convex mirrors, geometrical optics, optics, reflection
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

In this beginning tutorial, the ray nature of light is used to explain how light reflects off both planar and curved surfaces to produce images.  Flash animations help the student understand properties of geometric reflection produced by plane, concave, and convex mirrors.

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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light (1996), <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln>.
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Henderson, T. (2004, December 20). The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light. Retrieved May 22, 2024, from https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light. December 20, 2004. https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light. 1996. 20 Dec. 2004. 22 May 2024 <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln>.
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