See the Light
Reflection
Rays of light reflect, or bounce off, objects just like a ball bounces on the ground. This reflection of light is what enables us to see everything around us. Take a look out your window: you see everything in the natural world (that doesn't produce its own light) because it reflects the light of the Sun. We can see the Moon because the Sun's light is reflected off the Moon's surface.

Light can reflect in different ways, changing the way objects look. Light reflects more off light-colored surfaces than dark-colored ones. You also see different types of reflection when you see an image reflected in a mirror or a spoon. A flat mirror reflects an exact, though reversed, image of an object because the reflected light rays travel at parallel paths. But a convex surface, like the outside of a spoon, causes light rays to spread out, distorting the reflected image. What do you think happens when an image is reflected off a concave surface, like the inside of a spoon?

The Materials
1 flashlight What You'll Need
1 mirror
Construction paper (optional)
 
 
 

What to Do
1 Place the flashlight on a table and turn off the lights in the room.
2 Now place a mirror in front of the beam of light.

What happens to the beam?

Now place a mirror in front of the beam of light. What happens to the beam?
3 Now try to focus the beam of light on different objects in the room by turning only the mirror.