Reflection is the change of direction of a wave. The most commonly seen example of this is with light.

The law of reflection[edit | edit source]

This is the most important rule to do with reflection:

Angle of incidence = Angle of reflection

Periscope[edit | edit source]

A periscope uses reflection - there are two mirrors at 45o. This means the user can see much higher than normal, as light rays come in, hit the mirror, hit the other mirror and then finally, reach the eye. In more elaborate periscopes, prisms replace mirrors - however, this needs another phenomena - total internal reflection.

Total internal reflection[edit | edit source]

Total internal reflection is when light hits a medium at an angle that is greater than the critical angle. The critical angle is the angle of incidence of which above, total internal reflection occurs.

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