# Homework Help: Mirror Optics

1. Dec 19, 2007

### pardesi

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
There is a sphere of Radius R. A point object is kept at a distance b from it.Now the sphere is halfed about an axis perpendicular line joining the object and centre of the sphere.The planar surface of the hemisphere away from the object is silvered.Find the distance of the image from the sphere?

2. Relevant equations
$$\frac{\mu_{2}}{v}-\frac{\mu_{1}}{u}=\frac{\mu_{2}-\mu_{1}}{R}$$
where symbols have their usual meanings
also silvering means making it a mirror

3. The attempt at a solution
Now there are basically three optical surfaces
the first spherical surface
then the planar and then the mirror.
What i did was to apply the formula for 1st surface then find the image which acts as object for second interface then use the found out image as object for mirror .then find the third image(i.e due to mirror) then this acts as an object again for the planar refracting surface .
then agian find the image and finally use it as an object for the curved surface .But still i am unable to get the answer

Last edited: Dec 19, 2007
2. Dec 19, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

I would treat this as two surfaces: The first spherical surface, then the plane mirror.

3. Dec 19, 2007

### pardesi

ok let me have a go at that
but why is that so

4. Dec 19, 2007

### pardesi

no that's not working