- Open the hinged mirror and look into it. Slowly change the angle and observe the number of reflections of yourself that you see. If you want to see more reflections, do you make the angle between the mirrors larger or smaller?
- Place the large R on the table. Open the mirror and place it on the R as shown in the picture at right. Adjust the angle between the mirrors until you see exactly one complete reflection of the R in each mirror. (You will see three R’s – the original plus two reflections.) Use your protractor to measure the angle between the mirrors and record it in the data table on the next page. In the last column, sketch the pattern you see similar to the sketch below.
- Move the mirrors until you see three complete reflections of the R in the mirrors. Measure the angle of the mirrors and record the angle in the data table below. In the last column, sketch the pattern you see. Be sure to pay attention to which images of the R are reversed and which are not.
- Repeat moving the mirrors, increasing the number of reflected R’s by one each time, until you see 7 reflections.
- Create a graph of the number of reflections (y-axis) versus mirror angle (x-axis). Describe the shape of the graph in words.
- By looking at your data and at the graph, see if you can predict the angle between the mirrors when you would see eight reflections. Predict the angle for nine reflections.
- Can you come up with a formula that relates the number of reflections you see to the angle between the mirrors?