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This activity opens with an animation of a miniature golf course that shows how a player would make a hole-in-one by bouncing the golf ball off the wall of the course. Given that the angle of incidence will be equal to the angle of reflection, students are challenged to determine the point along the wall where the ball should be aimed. This activity, part of the Figure This! collection of 80 math challenges emphasizing math in the real world, explains how the method of reflecting is used by astronomers, opticians, and scientists. Related questions ask students to use the method to solve a second miniature golf problem and to determine the optimal location for a water pumping plant that must serve two towns. Answers to all questions and links to additional resources are provided. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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