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Geometrical optics: Image in diverging (convex) mirror.

1. What is the radius of curvature of the mirror and describe the image i.e. upright, virtual?

2. Explain why parallel rays, to the optic axis, diverge when striking a diverging mirror

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An object 15cm high is placed 20cm in front of a diverging mirror; the image is 5 cm high
1. What is the radius of curvature of the mirror and describe the image i.e. upright, virtual
2. Explain why parallel rays, to the optic axis, diverge when striking a diverging mirror

Answer:

1.) All the rays parallel to the optic axis after reflection from a spherical mirror are not converges to or diverges from a single point (focus). The peripheral rays at a point nearer then the paraxial rays. Hence the mirror formula is an approximate formula only for the ...

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Image distance with ray diagrams, reflection of ray parallel to principle axis discussed. The expert explains why parallel rays, to the optic axis, diverges when striking a diverging mirror.

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