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Homework Help: Mirrors and how they reflect them

  1. Feb 3, 2008 #1
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    Just a general question regarding mirrors and how they reflect them. If you take three household mirrors and look at an object or yourself, how does the type of mirror correlate with the amount (subjective) of distortion? Ie. If you look at yourself in a mirror that is wider than and captures the image of the living room behind you is that as accurate as a small 15x8in mirror in the bathroom? How about a 3x3 foot mirror? Does the small mirror make things appear larger than they are? This may actually be a psych question related to perception (do smaller mirrors reflect large things even larger or wider,whatever as they are?)

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    I think the living room mirror that is the widest is the most accurate when the object or person is standing right next to it.
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  3. Feb 4, 2008 #2

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    I don't understand what you are trying to mean by "accuracy" of a mirror. All plane mirrors preserve the size of the object, irrespective of the size of the mirrors, small mirrors included.

    (Perhaps this thread should be shifted some other section.)
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