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Chapter 34a - Image formation Plane mirrors object 111 =...

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Image formation Plane mirrors p i object virtual image The rays that reflect from the mirror, in the direction of the pupil, extended back, appear to converge from a virtual image at a distance behind the mirror that equals the object distance in front of the mirror, |i| = p . Distances for virtual images are by convention negative so , . i = – p Same size as object. image is upright (as opposed to inverted) Rays of scattered light diverge from each point of the object. 1 1 1 p i f + =
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p i object virtual image Same size as object. image is upright (as opposed to inverted) A real image is one that can be projected onto a screen at some point in space and seen on the screen at that location. A plane mirror can not form a real image in this way but it does produce the virtual image, seeming to exist behind the mirror.
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