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Reflection of Light

Plane Mirrors
       
Light Fantastic YouTube. 6 mins Wonderfully dramatic introduction to the incredible history of light 4 Star
       
Reflection of light from smooth and rough surfaces
Notice there is no explanation of 'why' light reflects. i.e. what's going on at an atomic level 4 Star
       
Image Distance = Object Distance
Nice applet showing the the path taken by light as it reflects off the mirror. 4 Star
Slight variation on the above. 3 Star
  Simple diagram from absorblearning.com 3 Star
What happens when somebody who isn't used to mirrors sees their reflection? MyYouTube. 2 mins  
       
Shadows
You can drag the light bulb and the kids around and watch the size of the shadow change. 3 Star
       
To show angle of Incidence = angle of reflection
Nice introduction 4 Star
An alternative illustration Simple diagram from absorlearning.com 3 Star
Second law of reflection Simple diagram from absorlearning.com; the plane in question is lightly shaded, perpindicular to the mirror. 3 Star
Labelled diagram including normal Simple diagram from absorblearning.com 3 Star
       
Fun with Pepper's Ghost OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video. Youtube. 8 minutes 4 Star
 

Can you guess how it works without being told – the clue is U = V. Youtube. 1 minute

4 Star
       
Apes and mirrors link YouTube. 5 mins  
Chimps Attack Mirror Reflections link YouTube. 2 mins  
Dolphins and mirrors link YouTube. 5 mins  
Mirror Self-Recognition in Asian Elephants! link YouTube. 5 mins  

Spiders are awesome

link Vimeo 1 min  
       
Spherical Mirrors
Solar Mirror

Archimedes Mirror, also known as The Solar Death Ray! A look at some household objects 'nuked' by a solar mirror. Youtube. Two minutes.

4 Star
  Using solar power to melt steel. Youtube. Two minutes
4 Star
  Trying to replictate the real thing. Youtube. 8 minutes
4 Star
Nutella jar left on a window-sill causes house fire in London. Sun's rays responsible for 125 fires in the last five years in London and warned they are a risk in the winter as well as the summer. Text-based with embedded video from the BBC  
       
Ray Tracing Double-click to switch from multi-rays to just the principle rays.
For both Lenses and Mirrors.
5 Star
  Irish-made, this has the nice bonus of showing the rays as they travel from object to mirror and then reflect off.
4 Star
       
The magnification formula Nice animation which helps to explain a potentially confusing concept
5 Star
       
       
Real image Looking at some applications of concave and convex mirrors. MyYoutube. 10 minutes  
  The mirage maker - pretty cool with the little piggy an' all, especially when you shine a light at the image. MyYoutube. 3 minutes.  
       
nobody gets mirrors Blogpost from a psychology site  
For teachers: what lasers are safe to use?
Text-based
 
Lasers in the classroom Safety document from CLEAPPS