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Spherical Mirror

  • Spherical mirror: A piece of a glass sphere.
  • If the inner side is polished, then the spherical mirror is a concave mirror. If the outer surface is polished, it is a convex mirror.
  • The focal length of a spherical mirror is equal to R/2, where R is the radius of the sphere from which the mirror is taken (the radius of curvature).
  • The straight line from the center of the sphere to the mid point of the mirror is called the principal axis.
  • The mail mirror equation: 1/f = 1/p + 1/q.

Spherical Mirror

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Concave and Convex Mirror 0:17
    • Piece of Mirror From a Spherical Mirror
    • If Inner face is Polished, Concave Mirror
    • Principal Axix
    • Polished Outer Side, Convex Mirror
  • Focal Point 5:21
    • Consider a Concave Mirror
    • Sending a Ray of Parallel Light
    • Paraxial Rays
  • Ray Diagrams 19:10
    • Concave Mirror
    • Principal Axis
    • Rays Diverging Virtual Image
  • Image Formation in Concave Mirrors: Real Object 30:20
    • Real Object
    • Draw a Ray to Principal Axis
    • Put the Object beyond F
  • Image Formation in Concave Mirrors: Virtual Object 46:44
    • Rays Leaving the Image: Diverging
  • Summary of Concave Mirror 56:17
    • Real Object real Image
    • Real Object Virtual Image
    • Virtual Object Real Image
    • Virtual Object Virtual Image
  • Extra Example 1: Concave Mirror Image Location
  • Extra Example 2: Concave Mirror Focal Length
  • Extra Example 3: Concave Mirror Image Location