Polygon Mirrors

Angled mirrors can create what appear to be complex shapes from ordinary objects

Look deep into these angled mirrors and find the polyhedron, a solid shape with flat surfaces. See if you can make a polyhedron with 20, 24, or even 48 sides. The exhibit consists of mirrors jointed together to create “mirror boxes.” Each mirror box is created with different angles, and each produces a different polyhedron when an object or objects are placed inside.

 
 

Montshire Museum of Science Engage the Senses