Why is the back of a mirror silvered?

Asked by akankshyasahu | 3rd Mar, 2010, 07:14: PM

Expert Answer:

Dear student,

Silvering is the chemical process of coating glass with a reflective substance.mirrors are back silvered, since this protects the fragile reflective layer from corrosion, scratches, and other damage. However, precision optical surfaces normally need the reflective material on the front surface of the glass to avoid introducing optical
abberations.

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Answered by  | 4th Mar, 2010, 09:45: AM

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