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This is an interactive homework problem on the topic of light reflection.  Three mirrors are arranged so that light hits the first mirror at an incident angle of 62°.  With the information given, the user is asked to find the angle at which light leaves the final mirror.  The solution can be found by using plane geometry and the Law of Reflection.

The problem is accompanied by a Socratic-dialog "help" sequence designed to encourage critical thinking as users do a guided conceptual analysis before attempting the mathematics. It is part of a larger collection of interactive problems developed by the Illinois Physics Education Research Group.
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Law of Reflection, geometric optics, incident angle, light, light, mirrors, reflected angle
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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

This web site offers exceptional interactive homework problems for beginning physics students.  This one presents them with three mirrors, with light hitting the first mirror at an incident angle of 62 degrees.  Given only a few angle measures, students must use geometry and the Law of Reflection to solve the problem.  A Socratic-Dialog "help" sequence guides students through each step, from conceptual analysis through the actual mathematics.

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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2002), WWW Document, (https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys102/ie/08/01).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Three Mirrors (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2002), <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys102/ie/08/01>.
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Gladding, G. (2006, September 22). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Three Mirrors. Retrieved September 17, 2024, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys102/ie/08/01
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Three Mirrors. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, September 22, 2006. https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys102/ie/08/01 (accessed 17 September 2024).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Three Mirrors. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2002. 22 Sep. 2006. 17 Sep. 2024 <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys102/ie/08/01>.
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