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05 – THE LAW OF REFLECTION WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WAVES HIT A BOUNDARY? When water waves strike a barrier straight on, they reflect back along the same path. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WAVES HIT A BOUNDARY? When incident waves strike a parabolic surface, the waves reflect to a focal point. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WAVES HIT A BOUNDARY AT AN ANGLE? When incident waves strike a barrier at an angle they reflect off at the same angle. The Normal (N) is a line drawn perpendicular to the barrier/surface the wave hits. The normal line intersects the surface at the identical point the wave hits the barrier/surface. The Angle of Incidence, θi , of a wave is the angle measured from the incident wave (i) to a line normal to the barrier/surface. The Angle of Reflection, θr , of a wave is the angle measured between the reflected wave (r) and a line normal to the barrier/surface. THE LAW OF REFLECTION The Angle of Incidence is equal to the Angle of Reflection EXAMPLES Example 1: Find the angle of reflection r i EXAMPLES Example 2: Find the angle of reflection r EXAMPLES Example 3: Determine which surface in the diagram the wave reflects from last and find the angle of reflection from that surface. E i A B D C