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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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© 1996 The Physics Classroom
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Law of Reflection, concave mirrors, convex mirrors, geometrical optics, optics, reflection
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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, The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light, (1996), <http://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 November 22, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln/
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light. December 20, 2004. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln/ (accessed 22 November 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Reflection and the Ray Model of Light. 1996. 20 Dec. 2004. 22 Nov. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refln/>.
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