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Number of reflections undergone by light ray between 2 plane mirrors 
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Jun606, 01:59 PM

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Sir,
Two plane mirrors M1 and M2 have a length of 2 meters each and are 10 cm apart. A ray of light is incident on one end of mirror M2 at an angle of 30 degrees. What is the number of reflections light undergoes before reaching the other end? I solved it in the following way: In each reflection the distance moved = 10 x tan(30) = 5.77 cm Therefore the number of reflections before it reaches the other end = 200/5.77 = 34 But the answer given in my book is 170. Please help. 


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Jun606, 02:10 PM

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Your answer and method make sense to me; the book's answer does not.



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Jun606, 04:46 PM

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Number of reflections undergone by light ray between 2 plane mirrors
Sir,
I kindly request you all to tolerate the erroneous questions of my book. There are about 150 questions in each unit out of which say about 7 to 8 questions have wrong answers. That is why I am still using it. I hope to get it corrected with your help.Thanks for your guidance. 


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