Spherical Mirrors

Have you ever visited magic room in fun fair in your town? Once you enter in that room, you can’t identify yourself because your shape/size of your face and whole body appears very funny. Your nose is stretched, teeth got elongated, face becomes wide and other different funny images you may see that room. Isn’t it magical? In practise, you remain as you are, but your image appears changed. This happens just due to the different types of mirrors used in the room. Such mirrors are known as spherical mirrors.

Spherical mirrors have wide range of applications in our day to day life. A curved shaped shiny surface is known as spherical mirrors. They forms enlarged, diminished, inverted images hence they are very useful for certain purposes like, shaving mirrors, dentist mirrors, rear view mirrors in vehicles, headlights of cars/bikes, flood light, telescopeetc. Depending upon the application, spherical mirrors are classified into two types, viz. Concave mirror and convex mirror.

Concave mirror: An internally curved and shiny surface is called as concave mirror.

Convex mirror:  An externally curved and shiny surface is called as concave mirror.

 

Q. What are spherical mirrors?

Ans: A curved shaped shiny surface is known as spherical mirrors.

Q. What are the common applications of spherical mirrors?

Ans: The most common applications of spherical mirrors are shaving mirrors, dentist mirrors, rear view mirrors in vehicles, headlights of cars/bikes, flood light etc.

Q. Which type of images can be formed by spherical mirrors?

Ans: Spherical mirrors can form enlarged, diminished, inverted image.

Q. What are types of spherical mirrors?

Ans: There are two types of spherical mirrors, viz. Concave mirror and Convex mirror.


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