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Reflecting Mirrors

Last updated date: 04th Mar 2024
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Let’s Know about Reflecting Mirrors!

Everywhere you go, you witness reflected and mirrored pictures. You are surrounded by reflections, from our own reflections in the bathroom mirror or a shop window to the reflections of nature on a still lake or in our car's rear-view or side mirrors. For all of us, especially youngsters, mirrors and reflections can arouse curiosity, fascination, and discovery.



You'll probably remember baby's surprised expressions when they recognize themselves in the mirror, toddler's wonder and concentration as they examine the details of their facial expressions, or pre-schoolers' happy giggles as they dress up and march past the mirror in their fancy and creative costumes. Mirrors and the reflections they produce can provide hours of entertainment, intrigue, investigation, and exploration, as well as a wealth of educational opportunities.

You’ll gather more information on reflection, and reflective mirrors in this.

What is a Mirror?

A mirror, sometimes known as a looking glass, is an object that reflects light. Mirrors reflect light in an equal but opposite direction, reversing the direction of the image. A wave reflector is a mirror. Because light reflected from an object falls on the mirror and is mirrored, an image can be seen in it. As a result, light reflected off any smooth glossy surface, such as a mirror, returns to the same medium. The bouncing of light off any smooth surface is referred to as reflection.

The Activity of Reflecting Mirrors

This activity should be carried out at night or in a dimly lit environment. Request that one of your buddies hold a mirror in one of the room's corners. With a torch in your hand, stand in another corner. Cover the torch's glass with your fingers and turn it on. To get a beam of light, adjust your fingers with a slight gap between them. The torchlight should be directed at the mirror that your friend is carrying. Is there a sliver of light on the opposite side?

Now, adjust the direction of the torch so that the patch of light falls on another friend standing in the room. This activity suggests that a mirror changes the direction of light that falls on it. 

How do Mirrors Reflect?

Mirrors reflect nearly all of the light that strikes them. The reflection is caused by the metallic coating on the rear. Your body reflects patterns of light to the mirror when you stand in front of it. Those light patterns bounce off the mirror and return to your eyes.

Reflection of light

Reflection of Light

What are Reflective Mirrors?

When light passes through one material and bounces off another, it is called reflection and this mirror is known as a Reflective mirror. The reflected light follows the same path as the original light but in the opposite direction. The light is reflected from the surface at the exact angle that it strikes it. The incidence angle is the same as the reflection angle.

Reflective mirror

Reflective Mirror

What are the Mirrors Made Out of?

The most common mirrors are made out of a transparent glass plate with a thin reflective layer on the back (the side facing the incident and reflected light) that is protected against abrasion, tarnishing, and corrosion by a coating.

How does the Mirror Work?

The most common way to make a mirror is to apply a reflective coating, such as silver, to flat glass. Because of its flat surface and stiffness, glass provides a stable foundation for mirrors. It's also quite simple to make.

The glass used must be perfectly polished and free of flaws. Curved mirrors are made using unique techniques.

How does the mirror work?

How does The Mirror Work?

The first step is to cut the glass to the desired form and size, which varies widely depending on the use. The reflective coating is applied in an evaporator, or huge vacuum chamber, once the glass is the perfect shape, size, and smoothness. The metal is heated to the point when it evaporates and leaves a coating on the glass.


Flat-surface reflections are rather simple to comprehend. The distance between the viewer's eyes and the "other side" of the mirror appears to be the same for a reflection. In addition, light reflected from a mirror bounces back at the same angle in the opposite direction it came from.

FAQs on Reflecting Mirrors

1. Define Reflection.

When two different media come together at an interface, a wavefront might change direction so that it returns to the first medium, which is known as reflection. Examples of common phenomena include the reflection of light, sound, and water waves as well as the rapid change in a wave's propagation direction when it encounters a border between two media. The approaching wave disturbance is still present in the same medium, at least in part. At plane boundaries, regular reflection occurs according to a straightforward law. The bouncing of light off any smooth surface is referred to as reflection.

2. How does the mirror work?

The mirror works due to having a reflective coating on one side and being polished on the back side of the mirror. This polished area helps the mirror reflect the light. A smooth surface is essential because uneven surfaces disperse light rather than reflect it. When light rays meet the mirror's smooth surface, they reflect back at the same angle. We can reaffirm our sense of self with a simple peek in the mirror. Mirrors aid in emotional control and communication with others and ourselves.