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Homework Help: A question on geometric optics

  1. Aug 17, 2015 #1
    a concave mirror of 5cm radius of curvature whose circular ring has a radius of 4cm is blackened except for a narrow strip round the edge. A beam of light parallel to the principal axis falls on the mirror. Find the distance between the centre of curvature of mirror and the point at which light is focused.
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  3. Aug 17, 2015 #2


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    Greetings robarahull. Welcome to the forum.

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    Because you are new I will give you a tiny bit of help anyway. What angle will the light make with the surface of the mirror at the non-black radius? And so where will it reflect? So where will it be focussed?
  4. Aug 17, 2015 #3
    In the paraxial case, what difference does it make for a mirror to have its centre blackened? Will the intensity of the reflected light change? Will the focus point change (hint: optical path length)?
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