# Ray Optics: Reflection and Mirrors

## Reflection and Mirrors: Audio Guided Solution

#### Problem 6:

A meter stick (object) is placed in an upright position in front of a plane mirror as shown in the diagram at the right. The image of the meter stick is equidistant from the mirror. Suppose that the meter stick is equipped with a working eyeball capable of viewing the top and the bottom of its image. The eyeball is located at the 90-cm mark on the meter stick. Using either a ray diagram or geometry, determine …
a. … the location of the intersection of the eye's line of sight with the mirror as the eyeball sights at the top of the image.
b. … the location of the intersection of the eye's line of sight with the mirror as the eyeball sights at the bottom of the image.
c. … the amount of mirror required by the meter stick to view the image.

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