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Spherical Mirrors: Image Patterns

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The radius of curvature of any spherical mirror is R. The distance VC = R is the mirror's radius along its principal axis, while the distance VF = f is the mirror's focal length along the principal axis.
 
 
In the diagram shown above, C is located at the center of the mirror and F is the virtual principal focus. Which equation correctly describes the relationship between the mirror's focal length and its radius?
 
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The diagram below shows a light ray parallel to the principal axis of a spherical convex mirror. Point F is the virtual principal focus and C is the mirror's center of curvature.
 
After the incident ray strikes the mirror, its reflected ray will pass through which point?
 
The final image of the candle formed by this mirror will be





 
This type of image is formed because convex mirrors always cause parallel rays of light to
 
If the candle in were to be moved farther away from the front of the mirror, its new image would be ____ in size than it's original image. 

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The object is moved away from the mirror until it reaches position P (PV = 2 CV)
How does the image formed in the first diagram when the object was located at C compare to the image formed at P? 

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The diagram below shows a ray of light traveling parallel to the principal axis of a concave spherical mirror. Point F is the principal focus and point C is the center of curvature.
 
 
After the incident ray strikes the mirror, its reflected ray will pass through which point?
 
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After reflecting from the mirror, the two rays of light diagrammed above will ____ to form a ____ image.
 
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After reflecting from the mirror, the two rays of light diagrammed above will ____.
 

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After reflecting from the mirror, the two rays of light diagrammed above will ____ to form a ____ image.
 
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An object in Region I will always form a ____ in Region ____. 

An object placed at C will always form a ____ image at ____. 

An object placed in Region II will always form a ____ image in Region ____. 

An object placed at F will ____. 

An object placed in Region III will always form a ____ image in Region(s) ____. 

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An object placed ANYWHERE in front of a convex mirror will always form a ____ image in Region ____. 

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Summary question on plane mirrors.
An object placed ANYWHERE in front of a plane mirror always produces an image that is




 



 
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