find the mirror type.

Asked by uma.therighter | 6th Jan, 2010, 08:49: AM

Expert Answer:

Hi dear,

A mirror here is a combination of simple lenses. In a plane mirror, a parallel beam of light changes its direction as a whole, while still remaining parallel; the images formed by a plane mirror arevirtual images, of the same size as the original object . There are alsoconcave mirrors, where a parallel beam of light becomes a convergent beam, whose rays intersect in the focus of the mirror. Lastly, there are con, where a parallel beam becomes divergent, with the rays appearing to diverge from a common intersection "behind" the mirror. Spherical concave and convex mirrors do not focus parallel rays to a single point due to spherical abberation. However, the ideal of focusing to a point is a commonly-used approximation. Parabolic reflectors resolve this, allowing incoming parallel rays (for example, light from a distant star) to be focused to a small spot; almost an ideal point. Parabolic reflectors are not suitable for imaging nearby objects because the light rays are not parallel.

Hope this helps.

Answered by  | 6th Jan, 2010, 10:17: AM

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