College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000



College Physics

1st Edition
Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
ISBN: 9781938168000
Textbook Problem

A shopper standing 3.00 m from a convex security minor sees his image with a magnification of 0.250. (a) Where is his image? (b) What is the focal length of the mirror? (c) What is its radius of curvature? Explicitly show how you follow the steps in the Problem-Solving Strategy for Mirrors.

To determine


The location of the image.


Given info:

Object distance, d0=3.00m

Magnification, m=0.250

Formula used:

The expression for the magnification is,

  m=did0    ....... (1)


  • d0 is the object distance.
  • di is the image distance.


Strategies to solve the given problem are given below.

  1. Collect the information given in the problem.
  2. Find the distance of the image by using the expression of magnification as magnification and the distance of the object is given.
  3. Use the expression of the mirror formula to calculate the focal length of the mirror.
  4. Find the radius of curvature by using the relation between the focal length and the radius of curvature
To determine


The focal length of the mirror.

To determine


The radius of curvature of the mirror.

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