Two mirrors are placed in the first quadrant of the xyplane (perpendicular to the plane). The first mirror along the line y = bx (for some b > 0) and facing the point (0,0). The second mirror along the line y = mx (where m > 0) and facing the point (b,0). A light source at point (a,0), 0 < a < b, shoots a beam of light into the first quadrant parallel to the first mirror. Find m such that when the beam is reflected exactly once by each mirror, it passes through the original light source at point (a,0).
If x is near the origin, then m should be near infinite.
If x is near (b,0), then m should be near 1.
Also the eqn of the first beam of light is y=ax
The light reflects off the second mirror at the intersection of:
y=mx and y=ax which is point P {(a/(m+1)), (m*a/(m+1))}
Edited on October 8, 2006, 11:06 am

Posted by Larry
on 20061008 11:03:56 