Reflection, Mirrors, and Kaleidoscopes

  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


In free space, light waves travel in a straight path. Thus, we can replace the wave model with a simple ray model. However, all optical instruments depend on the fact that light rays can be bent by changing the medium through which they propagate or placing an object such as a mirror, a lens, or a grating in their path.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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