Introduction :
Light is the form of energy which makes object visible. It means that we can see an object only when light from an object enters our eyes. The light may have been emitted by the object or may have been reflected by it. You may have also seen beams of light from the torch, head light of vehicles. 

Sources of Light :
Those bodies which emit light in all directions are called sources of light. The sources can be point one or extended one. The sources of light are of two types :

(i) Luminous sources : Those objects which by itself emit light are called luminous sources. 

Eg. : Sun and stars (natural luminous sources), electric lamps, candles and lanterns (artificial 
luminous sources). 

(ii) Non-luminous sources : Those objects which do not emit light but become visible only when light from luminous objects falls on them. They are called non-luminous sources. 

Eg. : Moon, planets (natural non- luminous sources), wood, table (artificial non-luminous sources) etc.

(iii) Bioluminescence : The production or emission of light by a living organism as a result of some chemical energy getting converted into light energy is called bioluminescence. The name originates from the Greek word bios for ‘living  and the Latin word lumen for ‘light’.
Fireflies are insects that give off a pale, greenish-yellow light that flashes or glows in the dark . Some of the fish, such as angler fish, living deep under the sea are also bioluminescent.

Medium of light :

Substance through which light propagates or tends to propagate is called a medium of light.
According to the medium of light objects are divided into three parts :

(i)     Transparent object :

Bodies that allow light to pass through them i.e. transmit light through them, are called transparent bodies. 

 Ex. : Glass, water, air etc.

(ii)     Translucent object :  Bodies that can transmit only a part of light through them are called translucent objects. 

 Ex. : Froasted or ground glass, greased paper, paraffin wax etc.

(iii)   Opaque object : Bodies that do not allow light to pass through them at all are said to be opaque objects.

Ex. : Chair, desk etc.

Some common characteristics of light are given below:
(i)     Light is invisible form of energy .
(ii)   Light does not require material medium for its propagation i.e. light can travel through vacuum.
(iii)   The speed of light in free space (vacuum) is  3 × 108 m/s. Its speed is marginally less in air. Its speed decreases considerably in glass or water.
(iv)  Light undergoes reflection from polished surfaces such as mirrors etc.
(v)   When light goes from one medium to another, it changes its path.This phenomena is called refraction.

Some definition related to the light :
(A)     Ray of Light :     
The path along which light energy travels in a given direction is called ray of light. A  ray of light  is represented as a straight line. The arrow head on it gives the direction of light.

(B)     Beam of Light : 
A collection of rays of light is called beam of light. However, if the number of rays is too small then such a collection of rays is called Pencil of light.

(C)     Parallel Beam : 
When the rays of light travel parallel to each other, then the collection of such rays is called parallel beam of light. For example, sun rays entering into a room through a ventilator constitute a parallel beam .

Transparent, opaque and translucent objects

Rectilinear propagation of light :
Light travels in a straight line. In vacuum or air, light travels with the velocity of 3 × 108 m/s.
Examples of rectilinear propagation of light in everyday life :
(i)     When the sunlight enters through a small hole in a dark room, it appears to travel in straight lines.
(ii)     The light emitted by the head light of a scooter at night appears to travel in straight lines.
(iii)     If we almost close our eyes and try to look towards a lighted bulb, it appears to give light in the form of straight lines, which travel in various direction.

A shadow is a dark outline or image cast by an opaque object that blocks light coming from a source of light.

(a)     The cause of formation of shadows is 
        Rectilinear propogation of light (light travels on straight lines)

(b)     Essentials of a shadow:
         (i)  Source of light
        (ii) Presence of opaque object in the path of light
        (iii) Screen on which shadow is formed

(c)     Location of a shadow: 
       Shadow fills the space between the opaque object and the screen. It is the volume and not area on the screen.

 (d) Formation of shadow :
It is formed when light hits the opaque object which does not let the light pass through. Everywhere else around the opaque object, the light continues in a straight path until it bounces off the ground or wall behind the object. The wall or ground behind the opaque object is the screen. On this screen is a dark patch, or shadow, with the same outline as the object surrounded by light. The colour of the opaque object does not affect the colour of the shadow that is formed.

Shadow sticks :
A shadow stick is a vertical pole placed in the ground. Sunlight casts its shadow on to a level surface below.(e.g. a sheet of card or just level ground)

As the Sun moves from A to C, the shadow shortens and then lengthen accordingly
The length and position of the shadow then depends on both the time of year and the time of day. Local noon can be found from the time when the shadow is shortest. At this time the Sun is highest in the sky and crossing the meridian.    

However, shadow sticks are not good clocks - the azimuth of the Sun’s shadow at a given time changes throughout the year with the Sun’s declination.

The shape, size and other characteristics of a shadow depend upon :

(i) Position and distance of the source of light with respect to the object.

 (ii) The distance between the object and the surface on which the shadow falls.

(iii) The size of the source of light.

Transparent, opaque and translucent objects

Transparent, Opaque and Translucent objects


  • The devices such as mobile phones, microwave ovens, remote control and scanning machine use electromagnetic radiations (radio waves, microwaves, infrared waves and X-rays) to work.
  • Light is a form of energy as well as an electromagnetic wave that can be detected.
  • In a vacuum, light travels in a straight-line path at the speed of 3 x 108m. The sunlight takes 8 minutes and 32 seconds to reach the earth.

Importance of Light

  • Light is the main source of energy for animals and plants.
  • The sunlight provides natural warmth that creates suitable conditions for the growth and development of life.
  • The green plants required sunlight to make their food by the process of photosynthesis.
  • The natural colour of light is white, but this white light has seven different colours: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
  • The objects absorb specific colours of light and reflect the other colours. This reflected colour declare the colour of the object. For example, grass cannot absorb the green colour. So, the green colour is reflected that comes to our eyes.

Sources of Light

The objects that emit light are called sources of light. There are two sources of light: natural and man-made. For example, the sun, stars and fireflies are natural sources(Figure 1 a), while an electric bulb, a burning lamp and tube light are man-made sources of light(Figure 1 b).
The objects that become hot when they emit light are called hot sources of light. For example,

  • Objects that produce their own light are called Luminous Objects. Example, Sun, Fire
  • the sun, a burning candle or lamp and an electric bulb, etc. (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Hot source of light: the sun

Figure 1: Sources of light: a) Cold source of light: Firefly(natural source; b) Candle(man-made source) 
Bioluminescence: A natural phenomenon of emitting light by the objects. In bioluminescence, the objects covert chemical energy into light energy. Some of the examples are phytoplankton, fireflies, jellyfish and algae, etc.
Luminous objects: The objects that have their own light. For example, the sun, stars and torch, etc.

Non-luminous objects: The objects that do not produce their own light. For example tables, chairs and books, etc.

Objects that do not produce their own light but are visible when reflect light falling on them are called Non-Luminous Objects. Example - Table, planets. Non-luminous objects can be classified as:

Luminous Objects and Non-Luminous Objects

Propagation Of Light
Usually light travels in a straight line. When we want to represent the propagation of light with a diagram, we represent it with the help of rays and beams. Ray A ray is a line with an arrow that shows the direction of propagation of light, and such a diagram is called a ray diagram.
Beam A group of light rays moving in an organized manner is called a beam of light.
The property of light to travel in straight lines explains many interesting phenomena related to light, like formation of shadows by opaque objects and formation of images in a pin-hole camera.


What exactly are shadows?

*    A Shadow has two Regions :
For a non-point source of light (i.e., an extended source of light), the shadow of an object has two parts, namely, the umbra and the penumbra. The umbra is the darkest inner part of the shadow where no light falls at all. The penumbra is the part which surrounds the umbra. Some rays of light fall on this region and partially illuminate it. Thus, the penumbra is called the region of partial darkness. 

(i)     Umbra : The inner region of total darkness is called umbra.It is the evenly dark part of a shadow. Umbra means ‘shade’ in latin. 

(ii) Penumbra : The outer region of partial darkness is called penumbra.  It is the fuzzy part between the dark and the light . Pene means ‘almost’ in Latin.
Umbra and penumbra are clearly formed only when the source of light is big and opaque body is small.
If one is in the umbra of an object, the light source is completely obscured. If one is in the penumbra, the source is only partially obscured, to a greater or lesser degree as one moves through the penumbra.     

With a wider light source,the shadow becomes fuzzier Also, closer the object to the light, the larger and fuzzier is the shadow. In other words, the closer the object to the screen, the smaller and well defined is the shadow. Thus, the size of the umbra becomes smaller and smaller if the screen is moved farther and farther from the light source and the object.

Shadows are often fuzzy, particularly when the surface on which the shadow lies is far from the object casting the shadow. This fuzziness is because of only point light source in space. All sources have some geometrical size.Thus, light from one edge of the source is not quite parallel to light from the other edge

The result is a larger and fainter penumbra that is hardly visible. This is the reason why we cannot see the shadow of a bird flying high up in the air .

Shadow of same object is different for same source, because of the change in the postion of an object and light falling on different surface of an object for same source.

Behaviour of light at the interface of two media :
When light travelling in one medium falls on the surface of a second medium, the following three effects may occur :

(i)      A part of the incident light is turned back into the first medium. This phenomenon is called reflection of light.

(ii)     A part of the incident light is transmitted into the second medium along a changed direction. This phenomenon is called refraction of light.

(iii)     The remaining third part of light energy is absorbed by the second medium. This phenomenon is called absorption of  light.


What exactly are shadows?

What exactly are shadows?

Shadows are dark regions formed when an opaque object blocks the path of light. This formation is possible only because light only travels in a straight line.

An opaque object blocks the light falling on it. This creates an area of darkness on the side of the object away from the source of light. A translucent object also creates a faint area of darkness. An area of darkness formed by an opaque object obstructing light is called a shadow. The following three things are required for a shadow to form (Fig. 13.4):

  • a source of light
  • an opaque object
  • a screen or face behind the object.

Formation of shadows

A shadow will not form if any of these is absent. This explains why we cannot see a shadow in the dark. It is only when light rays are obstructed by an opaque object that we get a shadow of the object. When an opaque object is placed in path of light, a dark portion is formed on the opposite side of object on the screen. This dark portion is shadow.
(1) The size of shadow depends on the distance of source of light and on the angle at which the light rays fall on the object.
(2) If the source of light is closer to the object, a larger shadow is formed than when the source of light is far from the object.
(3) The shadow can be seen only on a screen. The ground, walls of the rooms, a building, or other such surfaces act as a screen for the shadows you observe in everyday life
(4) Shadows sometimes gives lot of information about the object.
(5) Shadows are in black in colour and this is not changed by the colour of the opaque objects. So a red and yellow rose will have same black shadows.

Nature of a Shadow
The shadow is categorized into two parts based on the brightness of the dark patches:-
i. Umbra: It is the darkest part of the shadow present in the middle of it, which forms due to the absence of light.

ii. Penumbra: It is the faintest part of the shadow present at the corners of it. It is formed when the light is not completely blocked (Figure 7).

 Figure 7: Umbra and Penumbra
Characteristics of a Shadow

  • An opaque screen is required to form a shadow. If there is no screen, then no shadow will form.
  • The colour of the shadow is always black.
  • A shadow casts the shape of the opaque object only.

The size of the shadow varies according to the presence of light coming from the different angles:-

  • If the distance between the source of light and an opaque object is decreased, then the size of the shadow forms large dark patches.
  • If the distance between the source of light and an opaque object is increased, then the shadow is small.
  • If the distance between the object and the screen is decreased, then the shadow is small.
  • If the distance between the object and the screen is increased, then the shadow is large.

A pinhole camera

Reflection of light : 
When a ray of light falls upon a smooth surface like a mirror, the ray of light is reflected in another direction in the same medium. This phenomenon is called reflection of light. 

(a)     General definitions about reflection : 
(i)     Mirror :  
A smooth polished surface from which regular reflection can take place is called mirror. MM’ is the mirror as shown in figure.

(ii)     Incident ray :  
A ray of light which travels towards the mirror is called incident ray. Ray AB is incident ray in figure.
(iii)    Point of incidence :  
 The point on the mirror, where an incident ray strikes is called point of incidence. ‘B’ is the point of incidence in figure.

(iv)     Reflected ray :  
A ray of light which bounces off the surface of a mirror, is called reflected ray. BC is reflected ray in figure.

(v)     Normal :  
The perpendicular drawn at the point of incidence, to the surface of mirror is called normal. BN is the normal in figure.
(vi)     Angle of incidence :  
The angle made by the incident ray with the normal is called angle of incidence. ABN is the angle of incidence in figure. It is denoted by i.

(vii)     Angle of reflection 
The angle made by the reflected ray with the normal is called angle of reflection. CBN is the angle of reflection in figure. It is denoted by r.
(viii)     Glance angle of incidence  
The angle which the incident ray makes with the mirror is called glance angle of incidence. MBA is the glance angle of incidence in figure.
(ix)     Glance angle of reflection 
The angle which the reflected ray makes with the mirror is called glance angle of reflection.M’BC is the glance angle of reflection in figure.

Regular and diffused reflection :
When a beam of light falls on a smooth, highly polished surface, almost entire light gets reflected in the same medium in a definite direction. This type of reflection is called regular reflection. We can see our image formed by a mirror due to the phenomenon of regular reflection.

When a beam of light falls on an opaque, rough and uneven surface, the light gets reflected in different directions. This type of reflection is called irregular or diffused reflection. We can read a book or a newspaper due to diffused reflection.

A pinhole camera

A Pinhole Camera

How to make a Pinhole Camera?

Step 1: Take two cardboard boxes one larger than the other such that one box slides into the other without any gap.

Step 2: Cut out open one side of each box. On the opposite side of the larger box cut a small hole in the center.

Step 3: On the opposite side of the smaller box cut a square of about 5 cm and cover this open area with a tracing paper.

Step 4: Slide the smaller box inside the larger one such that the side with the tracing paper is on the inside.

Step 5: Cover the camera and your head with a black cloth and then get ready to observe the distant objects.

Fig: A Pinhole Camera

It is a simple camera with a small aperture and forms an inverted image of the object.

A Pin-Hole Camera

How to prepare it
(1) Take two boxes so that one can slide into another with no gap in between them. Cut open one side of each box.
(2) On the opposite face of the larger box, make a small hole in the middle.
(3) In the smaller box, cut out from the middle a square with a side of about 5 to 6 cm.
(4) Cover this open square in the box with tracing paper (translucent screen).
(5) Slide the smaller box inside the larger one with the hole, in such a way that the side with the tracing paper is inside
Now it is ready to use
How to use it
(1) Hold the pin hole camera look through the open face of the smaller box. You should use a piece of black cloth to cover your head and the pinhole camera.
(2) Now focus on the object you want to capture in the camera. Make sure that the objects you wish to look at through your pinhole camera are in bright sun shine.
(3) Move the smaller box forward or backward till you get a picture on the tracing paper pasted at the other end

How the Images looks like pin-hole camera?
Upside down (inverted) images are formed. Image in a pin hole camera is real , inverted and smaller in size.

A pinhole camera that is used to capture the images of the sun is called Solography.
Natural Pin-hole Camera

When we pass under a tree covered with large number of leaves, we notice that small patches of sun light under it. These circular images are, in fact, pin hole images of the Sun. The gaps between the leaves, act as the pin holes. These gaps are all kinds of irregular shapes, but, we can see circular images of the Sun. This is called Natural Pin-Hole Camera
Rectilinear Propagation of Light

  • The property by which the light travels in a straight line is called rectilinear propagation of light.
  • The path travelled by a light in a straight line is identified with the help of a ray of light. The arrow head shows the direction of light(Figure 5 a).
  • A narrow group of light rays called a beam(Figure 5 b).
  • When beam of light moving away from each other is called divergent rays(Figure 5 c).
  • When beam of light moving towards each other and meet at a common point then it is called convergent rays(Figure 5 d).

Figure 5: Property of light.
 Producing a Beam of Light

  • We produce a beam of light by using a light box.
  • The light box is composed of a cardboard box with a tiny hole on one of its faces and an electric bulb.
  • When an electric bulb glows, the light comes out of the hole producing a beam of light.

Mirrors and reflections

Laws of reflection :
The reflection of light from a surface obeys certain laws called laws of reflection. They are :

(i)  The angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection. i.e., i = r.
(ii)  The incident ray, the reflected ray and the normal at the point of incident, all lie in the same plane.

The laws of reflection are applied for all type of reflections.
Ex.1    Calculate the angle of reflection.

Sol.    According to the law of reflection, incident angle equal to reflected angle. So angle of reflection r = 50°.

Mirror :
It is a highly polished surface, which is quite smooth and capable of reflecting a good fraction of light from its surface. 
(a) object :
Anything which gives out light rays (either its own or reflected) is called an object.

(b) Image : 
The reproduction of object formed by mirror or lens is called an image. 

Difference between image and shadow

Mirrors and reflections

Mirrors and Reflections


We all have seen the plane mirror. It is very commonly used in our life. We used that in the car, dressing room etc. Plane mirror are formed by layering molten aluminum or silver onto the back of a sheet of glass inside a vacuum

Reflection of Light

We see our face in the Mirror. This is possible through the phenomenon Reflection of light. Basically Light rays reflected from parts of our body fall on mirror and are reflected back. When these reflected rays reach our eyes (reflected on our retina), we can see the image in the mirror.
So reflection of light is changing the direction of the light.
Image formation by Plane Mirror

  • A plane mirror reflects the light that falls on it.
  • The beam of light that falls on the mirror is called incident ray, while the light that reflects called the reflected ray.
  • The angle of incident ray equals to the angle of the reflected ray.
  • The incident ray, reflected ray and normal ray lies at the common point of the mirror (Figure 11).
  • A plane mirror has a property of lateral inversion in which the image formed in the mirror has an opposite side. For example, when you see your image in the mirror your right hand becomes left and your left hand becomes right.
  • The image formed is erect, same size and laterally inverted. It retains the same colour as the object.

All of us are used to seeing a mirror every day. The image that we see in a mirror is called Reflection. The mirror deflects the direction of the light that falls upon it.

Fig: A Mirror Changing the direction of light as it falls on it

Reflection Surfaces
We say light is reflected when it bounces off a surface. Reflection of light helps us to see most of the things around us.
Reflection of light by a surface depends on the nature of the surface. A rough and bumpy surface (also called an irregular surface) reflects a parallel beam of light incident upon it in different directions (Fig. 13.5). A good example of a rough surface is bark of a tree and blanket. This kind of reflection is called diffused reflection.

A smooth surface (a highly polished surface) reflects a parallel beam of light incident upon it in one direction. (Fig. 13.6). A good example of a smooth surface is a mirror. When you stand in

front of a mirror, you can see yourself in the mirror. This is called your image.

A very interesting phenomenon occurs when an object forms an image by reflection. This is something all of us must have noticed while seeing ourselves in the mirror. When we lift our right hand, the image in the mirror appears to lift its left hand. This seeming left-right reversal is called Lateral inversion.

Lateral inversion: Right side of the object appears as left side in the image formed by a plane mirror. For example, if we show our right hand, image in the mirror will show as left hand.

In a mirror, if you see another person, surely the other person can also see you in that mirror.
An image is different from a shadow. Some of the differences between an image and a shadow are given in Table 13.1


Source of light: An object that gives out light (luminous object) is called a source of light.

Transparent material: A material that transmits all the light is called a transparent material.

Translucent material: A material that transmits some amount of light is called a translucent material.

Opaque material: A material that completely blocks the light is called an opaque material.

Shadow: An area of darkness formed by an opaque object obstructing light is called a shadow.

Pinhole Camera (Part -1)

Pinhole Camera

The word camera comes from the Greek kamara, a vaulted chamber. A pinhole camera is the simplest camera possible. It consists of a light-proof box, some sort of film and a pinhole. The pinhole is simply an extremely small hole like you would make with the tip of a pin in a piece of thick aluminium foil. 

A pinhole camera works on a simple principle. 
Imagine you are inside a large, dark, room-sized box containing a pinhole. Imagine that outside the room is a friend with a flashlight, and he is shining the flashlight at different angles through the pinhole. When you look at the wall opposite the pinhole, what you will see is a small dot created by the flashlight’s beam shining through the pinhole. The small dot will move as your friend moves his flashlight. The smaller the pinhole (within limits), the smaller and sharper the point of light that the flashlight creates.

Rays scatter off objects in all directions. The pinhole in the front of the camera selects only the rays traveling in the direction of the pinhole. These rays pass into the camera and strike the back surface.The front and side walls shade that point on the back from rays coming from different points of origin.

A pinhole camera casts an inverted image on the back. This image will also be slightly blurry, because light coming from one atom on the object spreads out over the back of the camera according to the size of the pinhole. Each disk of light  casts  onto the back overlaps and blurs with disks from nearby atoms.

One can reduce the blur by making the pinhole smaller. However, then the image becomes darker and may not be visible or recordable on film.

Extended Learning – Activities and Projects

1. Phenomenon of path travelled by light and reflection of light from mirror.
Fix a comb on one side of a large thermocol sheet and fix a mirror on the other side as shown in the figure. Spread a dark-coloured sheet of paper between the mirror and the comb. Keep this in sunlight or send a beam of light from a torch through the comb. What do you observe? Do you get a pattern similar to that shown in the figure?

Light travels in straight line and gets reflected from the mirror. Yes, we get a pattern similar to that shown in the figure.

2.  To observe the path of light.

•     Take a chart paper and roll it into a pipe. Look at a lighted candle through it as shown in. Take care not to touch the chart paper with the flame.
•     Now bend the pipe from the middle and repeat the activity as shown in. Why are you not able to see the lighted candle through the bent pipe?

Light travels in a straight line and does not bend with the pipe.

Pinhole Camera (Part -2)

3.  Phenomenon of a mirror changes direction of light that falls on it.    
This activity should be done at night or in a dark room. Ask one of your friends to hold a mirror in his/her hand at one corner of the room. Stand at another corner with a torch in your hand. Cover the glass of torch with your fingers and switch it on. Adjust your fingers with a small gap between them so that you can get a beam of light. Direct the beam of the torch light onto the mirror that your friend is holding. Do you see a patch of light on the other side? 
Now, adjust the direction of the torch so that the patch of light falls on another friend standing in the room. This activity suggests that a mirror changes the direction of light that falls on it. Here is an activity that shows light travelling along straight lines and getting reflected from a mirror.

4.    To prove that smooth and shiny surfaces reflect light better.
•     Place objects like a mirror, a shiny steel plate, a plastic plate or a sheet of paper near a screen which can be a wall or a paper sheet.
•     Shine a beam of light through a torch on these objects in such a way that reflected light falls on the screen as shown in figure.

You will observe that in case of the plate mirror, a bright patch of light is seen on the screen. Similarly, in case of the steel plate, a patch of light is visible on the screen. But when you use a paper sheet, no patch of light can be seen on the screen.

Shiny and polished objects like steel plate, mirror, polished wood piece, etc. reflect more light and form a brighter patch on the screen. Rough and dull surfaces, on the other hand, reflect less light and do not make a patch on the screen.

5.    Phenomenon of shadow formation.
(a)    Place a chair in the school ground on a sunny day. What do you observe from the shadow of the chair? Does the shadow give an accurate picture of the shape of the chair? If the chair is turned around a little, how does the shape of the shadow change?
No, accurate shape of chair is not shown by the shadow. When turned around a little, the shape of the shadow will change because now different portions of the chair will obstruct light and make shadow. 

(b)    Take a thin notebook and look at its shadow. Then, take a rectangular box and look at its shadow. Do the two shadows seem to have a similar shape?
Yes, the two shadows seem to have a similar shape. 

(c)    Take flowers or other objects of different colours and look at their shadows such as a red rose and a yellow rose for instance. Do the shadows look different in colour, when the colours of the objects are different? 
No, the shadows of the different coloured objects are not different. 

(d)    Take a long box and look at its shadow on the ground. When you move the box around, you, may see that the size of the shadow changes. When is the shadow of the box the shortest, when the long side of the box is pointed towards the Sun or when the short side is pointing towards the Sun?
Shadow of the box is the shortest when the short side is pointing towards the Sun.

Points to Remember

Points to remember
1.    Source of light: An object which emits light, is called a source of light. For example, sun, torch, etc.
2.    Non-luminous objects: These are the objects which do not emit light of their own. Such a body becomes visible when light falls on it. For example, the moon, the planets, etc.
3.    Ray of light: A straight thin beam of light from a source to an object is called a ray of light.
4.    Obstacle: An object which comes to the path of the light is called an obstacle.
5.    Formation of a shadow
    (i)     All the opaque objects seem to form a dark shadow of their own.
    (ii)     We need a source of light, an opaque object in the way, and a screen to see a shadow.
    (iii)     Screen: This is a surface on which the :shadow is formed. It maybe a butter paper or simply ground.
    (iv)     Shadows give us some information about shapes of objects.
    (v)     The colour of the opaque object does not affect the colour of the shadow. 
    (vi)     All the space behind the opaque object, up to some distance behind it seems to be filled with·the shadow.    

6.    Image formed by a pinhole camera
    (i)    Images formed by a pinhole camera are upside down. Here is a picture showmg the path of rays of light coming from an object far away to a pinhole and then to screen.    
    (ii)    When sunlight passes through the leaves of a tree, the gaps between the leaves act as the pinholes. These natural pinholes cast nice round images of the sun.

7.    Rectilinear propagation: Light travels in a straight line. It is called rectilinear propagation of light.

8.    Image formation by a plane mirror: We are able to see images through a mrrror. Image formed by a mirror (flat) has following features:
    (i)     Reflected image retains the colour of the object.
    (ii)     Image is erected but laterally inverted.

9.    Lateral inversion: Right side of the object appears as left side in the image formed by a plane mirror. For example, if we show our right hand image in the mirror will show as left hand.

10.    In a mirror, if you see another person, surely the other person can also see you in that mirror.


1.    Luminous: Objects that give out or emit light of their own are called luminous objects.
2.    Mirror: A smooth shining surface, which rebounds the light back in same or in different directions is called a mirror.
3.    Opaque objects: If an object completely stops the passage of all the light falling on it, it is an opaque object.
4.    Pinhole camera: It is a device which forms a photograph-like image of a bright object on a screen.
5.    Reflection of light: When a ray of light falls on a smooth and polished surface, light returns back in the same medium. It is called reflection.

6.    Shadow: Opaque objects do not allow light to pass through them and cast dark patches behind them. These dark patches are called shadows.
7.   Translucent objects: Some objects allow only a part of light falling on them to pass through, such objects are called translucent objects. For example, a single thin sheet of paper.
8.    Transparent objects: Those objects which allow all the light to pass through them are called transparent objects.

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