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The animation deals with the following aspects of spherical mirrors : 1. Firstly why are they called spherical mirrors , where is the sphere 2.What is the nature of the image formed by spherical mirrors? 3. Can a real image be formed in a convex mirror? This animated physics (optics) software gives in-depth information about spherical mirrors and is very useful for students and teachers for e-learning purpose.

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Properties of Spherical Mirrors:

How are spherical mirror made from a sphere ?

What is the difference between convex and concave mirror ?

What are center of curvature, radius of curvature, pole, principal
axis, focus, focal length and aperture

How do we calculate objective and image distance, magnification,
sign convention, focal length etc. Formula and tables are provided (In explanatory notes)

description of spherical mirrors concave mirror is silvered
Spherical mirrors - convex and concave mirrors- are a part of a sphere. Focus, pole and Radius and center of curvature are shown in the diagram
A concave mirror is made by silvering the surface on one side, rays parallel to the axis meet on the focus
convex mirror ray diverge out
ray diagram of a convex mirror
Convex mirror : the rays diverge out and apparently meet at focus
Ray diagram of reflection taking place on convex mirror
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A spherical mirror is made by silvering the piece of a glass, which is the part of a hollow sphere.

A concave mirror is made by silvering the outer or bulging surface of a part of a sphere and the reflection takes place from the hollow inner surface.

A convex mirror is made by silvering the inner surface such that the reflection takes place from the outer/bulging surface.

1. What is the nature of the image formed by spherical mirrors?
2. Where is the image formed if object is at a large distance from the mirror?
3. Can a real image be formed in a convex mirror?
4. Are the images formed in spherical mirrors of the same size as object?

For the answers to these questions refer animation below

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Q1: Name of women's who struggle Telangana movement Ankith 20/10/2015
Q2: what is the impact of spherical mirrors in our daly life revanth 1/7/2015
Q3: how are spherical mirrors made sania shakil 5/1/2015
Q4: how will be our image in concave and convex mirrors kancharalasuryakamal 18/5/2014
Q5: What are the uses of spherical mirrors ? janet 22/9/2007
Ans: Rear view mirrors used in vehicles is the most common application of mirror; they are also used in malls, banks and shops for security reasons, they are also used in laser ranging to the moon, parabolic mirrors are used in solar energy and for signaling. They are also used in projection system for planetarium instead of fish eye lens to distribute light in a wide solid angle.
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Q7: can a real image is formed by convex mirror ? if yes then why? suruchikasaini 25/3/2007
Ans: Regardless of the object's position in front of a convex mirror, the image formed is always virtual, upright
Q8: I am a physic teacher,I need one package of animations in general physic for last grade of highschool and first year of college or university.How can you help me ,and if is it possible give me a sample that I know how is it working. Hovsep Keshishian 10/3/2007
Ans: Thanks for your query, we have a range of animation targeted for high school or college level students, we are emailing the list to you, to view them online a subscription is needed or buy and download to your computer them otherwise order them on a CD. We have got free samples of each in “preview” section, other wise you can view a half-hour animation on “Journey into atom” from the downloads section. We can also e-mail it to you.
Q9: draw a diagram to show an image is formed by concave spherical mirror bala 18/9/2006
Ans: We cannot draw a diagram as this answer only supports text. Please refer to the concave mirror animation. For your reference beyond 'C' image will be inverted, between F and mirror it will be upright

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