angle of reflection


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angle of reflection

n.
The angle formed by a reflected ray or wave and a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of reflection.

angle of reflection

n
(General Physics) the angle that a beam of reflected radiation makes with the normal to a surface at the point of reflection

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n.
the angle that a reflected ray, as of light, makes with a normal to the surface at the point of reflection.
[1630]

angle of reflection

The angle formed by a ray or wave reflected from a surface and a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of reflection. See more at wave.
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Noun1.angle of reflection - the angle between a reflected ray and a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
angle - the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
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When the angle of reflection increases, the projection component becomes larger.
Disregarding hooks, simple principles of physics and trigonometry (angle of incidence equals angle of reflection) show that a serve hit from the short line 16 feet from the front wall will reach a point at the long line (34 feet from the front wall) over a lateral range of 31 feet, although the width of the court is just 20 feet.
c) The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection
With a little help from my mathematician bride, I then calculated the angle at which each bullet struck the water and then the subsequent angle of reflection after it skipped off.
The incident angle is 15[degrees] - 7 1/2[degrees] = 7 1/2[degrees], and since the angle of reflection is equal to the incident angle, the reflected ray is vertical and is seen by the viewer's eye (effect 'a' in Figure 2).
This is due to the fundamental law of reflection of light--angle of incidence on a reflecting surface equals the angle of reflection. Accordingly, in order to rotate the beam by the angle a, the normal vector of the mirror must be displaced by an angle equal to a / 2 (see Fig.