Skip to main content
### Number and algebra

### Geometry and measure

### Probability and statistics

### Working mathematically

### For younger learners

### Advanced mathematics

# Screen Shot

Or search by topic

Age 14 to 16

Challenge Level

A moveable screen slides along a mirrored corridor towards a
centrally placed light source. A ray of light from that source is
directed towards a wall of the corridor, which it strikes at
$45^\circ $ before being reflected across to the opposite wall and
so on until it hits the screen.

If the screen is $20$ metres down the corridor from the light source and if the corridor is $2$ metres wide, find the position on the screen where the point of light appears.

Part Two: Now remember that the screen is moveable. The distance, $d$, of the screen down the corridor can change, so the position where the point of light appears on the screen will depend on $d$. Can you find a function, expressing the position of the light on the screen in terms of $d$?

Part Three: If the ray leaves the source making an angle $\theta$ with the direction of the corridor, and the distance, $d$, of the screen down the corridor can still change, the position where the point of light appears on the screen will depend on $d$ and on $\theta$ . Can you find this function?

If the screen is $20$ metres down the corridor from the light source and if the corridor is $2$ metres wide, find the position on the screen where the point of light appears.

Part Two: Now remember that the screen is moveable. The distance, $d$, of the screen down the corridor can change, so the position where the point of light appears on the screen will depend on $d$. Can you find a function, expressing the position of the light on the screen in terms of $d$?

Part Three: If the ray leaves the source making an angle $\theta$ with the direction of the corridor, and the distance, $d$, of the screen down the corridor can still change, the position where the point of light appears on the screen will depend on $d$ and on $\theta$ . Can you find this function?