A Kaleidoscope works as a combination of reflections. Mirrors are typically arranged in an equilateral triangle producing multiple reﬂections as a symmetric pattern which changes as the triangle rotates.
The apps in this collection explain how it's done, and then, of course, turn the kaleidoscope into a clock!
A kaleidoscope is typically made with mirrors aligned as an equilateral triangle and rotated. Multiple reﬂections form a symmetrical pattern which changes as the triangle is rotated.
Drag the corners of the four original triangles to change the pattern, then drag the red dot to rotate the kaleidoscope.
Set the rotation angle and drag the center of rotation O so that the orange triangle sits on top of the image under the second reﬂection. Can you describe another transformation equivalent to the two reflections?