Ray Optics: Reflection and Mirrors

Reflection and Mirrors: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 3:

In a physics lab, Ray Zuvlite arranges two mirrors with a right angle orientation as shown. Ray then directs a laser line at one of the mirrors. The light reflects off both mirrors as shown. If angle A is 38°, then what is the angle measure of angles B, C, and D and E?

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  • Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., do = 24.2 cm; di= 16.8 cm; f = ???.
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  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
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