Ray Optics: Reflection and Mirrors

Reflection and Mirrors: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 23:

A dentist uses a spherical mirror to produce an upright image of a patient's tooth which is magnified by a factor of 4.5 when placed 1.8 cm from the tooth. (a) What type of mirror - concave or convex - is being used? (b) What is the focal length of the mirror?

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