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Specular Reflection: Definition & Examples

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Which of the following is the BEST example of specular reflection?

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1. In which of these examples is specular reflection NOT desirable?

2. Why do some surfaces not show specular reflection?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Specular reflection is an important concept in physics, and this quiz/worksheet will help you assess your understanding of its characteristics and applications.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on several aspects of specular reflection including:

  • Examples of specular reflection
  • Specular reflection on different types of surfaces
  • When specular reflection is not desirable

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what constitutes specular reflection and interpret it correctly by identifying examples and non-examples
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast when specular reflection is and isn't desirable
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding surfaces that do not show specular reflection

Additional Learning

To learn more about the concept of specular reflection, review the accompanying lesson Specular Reflection: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know what diffuse reflection is
  • Understand what specular reflection is
  • Understand the law of reflection
  • Differentiate between the incident angle and the reflected angle
  • Familiarize yourself with examples of specular reflection
  • Define polarization
  • Understand the effects of a polarized filter
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