Reflecting in Parallel Planes

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Reflect the blue figure in the blue-green plane to form the green image. Reflect the green figure in the green-red plane to form the red image. The red figure, being reflected twice, is oriented like the blue figure.

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Ignoring the green figure, the result of the two reflections is to translate the blue figure to the red figure through twice the distance between the two mirror planes.

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Contributed by: George Beck (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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