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Which of the following is correct for the reflected ray if a light ray strikes a...

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Posted May 31, 2013 at 3:30 AM via web

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Which of the following is correct for the reflected ray if a light ray strikes a plane mirror at an angle of 50° from the normal?

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40° from the surface of the mirror
 
40° from the normal
 
50° from the surface of the mirror
 
90° from the normal 

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mvcdc | Student, Graduate | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM (Answer #1)

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We know that a light ray strikes a plane at an angle of 50 degrees from the normal. This means that the light ray is striking the mirror at an angle of 40 degrees from the mirror. This is so because the normal and the mirror are always at a right angle. 

This "initial" light ray that strikes is called the incident ray.

The laws of reflection tell us that the angle (from the normal) made by the incident ray is always equal to the angle made by the reflected ray (from the same normal). Hence, the reflected ray will also have a 50 degree angle from the normal. This is, like mentioned, equivalent to 40 degrees from the mirror.

 

 

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