reflection and refraction

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i dont get what the difference is between the two

Posted Wed 3rd April, 2013 @ 11:53 by Auriol Drummond-Hay

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reflection is like when you beam a light at a mirror- it beams the same light beam back, its reflecting

refracting is like when you put something in water and it looks like its not in line with the bit sticking out of the water - this is because water is denser than air so light travels slower and the item appears bent.

or when you have a light beam shone through a glass block and some light goes straight through, while theres a bit of light which is angled the opposite way 

Answered Wed 3rd April, 2013 @ 17:26 by alex