Reflection of Waves: Definition & Examples


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When a wave hits a surface, one of several things can happen. Which of the following explains how a mirror works?

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1. The law of reflection says the ______ angle is equal to the reflected angle.

2. Why did people discover they could hear confessions from across the room in the Cathedral of Agrigento in Sicily?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help gauge your understanding of the reflection of waves. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include the law of reflection and mirrors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • How a mirror works
  • Law of reflection
  • How sound moves around a room
  • Reflection of seismic waves and what they determine
  • Why most surfaces aren't like mirrors

Skills practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related physics lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the reflection of waves in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Sicily's Cathedral of Agrigento and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson Reflection of Waves: Definition & Examples, which covers the following objectives:

  • Identify refraction
  • Define reflection and the reflection of a wave
  • Understand incident angle and reflected angle
  • Recall the types of reflection
  • Understand earthquake waves