Define Reflection of Light - QS Study
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Highly polished metal surfaces reflect about 80% to 90% of the light incident on them. Mirrors in everyday use are therefore usually made of depositing silver on the backside of the glass. The largest reflector in the world is a curved mirror nearly 5 metres across, whose front surface is coated with aluminum. Reflection of light is moreover specular (mirror) or diffuse (retaining the energy) depending on the character of the interface.

It is the hale Telescope on the top of Mount Palomar, California, U.S.A. Glass by itself, will also reflect light, but the percentage is small when compared with the case of silvered surface. It is about 5% for an air-glass surface. Common examples include the reflection of light; sound and water waves.

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