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  1. #1 Mirrors and light 
    Forum Ph.D. verzen's Avatar
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    I was talking to some guy earlier and he asked "why do mirrors flip left to right instead of up and down?" I told him that light bounces off you which hits the mirror and reflects off the mirror, back to you which creates a mirror image.. He told me I was wrong... anyway to explain this better to this individual?


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    Mirrors don't flip objects left to right. That's the ONLY correct answer.

    All mirrors do is reflect light back at us, and the perception of a left/right flip is simply our brain trying to make sense of that non-intuitive reflection.

    This link offers a nice explanation:
    http://lovelifemath.blogspot.com/200...-revealed.html


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