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When you shine a flashlight at a mirror it proves that you are able to turn the flashlight on. The reflection of that light can be used to demonstrate some basic principles of optics, such as that the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. It proves that the flashlight is in working order, that you are able to direct the light toward the mirror, that the light is reflected by the material at the back of the mirror, that the mirror itself is opaque, and that you have access to a mirror and a flashlight.

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