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Light and Optics: Properties of Light, Reflection

Why does it look like objects are behind mirrors? This activity uses a transparent mirror to track the path of light and understand how objects appear to be behind mirrors. 


Questions Answered:

How does light reflect off of objects? 

What's the result of light traveling in straight lines? 

How do objects appear to be behind mirrors?


Topics Addressed:


Light travels in straight lines 

Light reflects off of objects


Learn to use scientific equipment:

Laser pointers, transparent mirror 


Materials Needed

transparent mirrors


Preparation Time

order/gather supplies


NOTE: This activity is part of the Light, Optics, & Color Unit found here.

Light and Optics: Properties of Light, Reflection


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