Number of Multiple Reflections from Abutted Plane Mirrors

Name: Animesh
Status: student
Grade: 9-12
Location: IN
Country: India
Date: Winter 2011-2012

Question:
I read that if two abutting plane mirrors are inclined at an angle (theta) then the number of images formed is given by the formula : n = (360/theta)-1 , where n = the number of images formed. I wanted to know that how this formula has been derived .
Replies:
Animesh

The person who derived the equation probably had two mirrors and ran multiple cases recording the angle of the mirrors and the number of images and then derived the mathematical relationship between n and theta.

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