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# Concave and Convex Mirrors: Definition and Differences

Concave and Convex Mirrors: There are two types of mirrors — Plane Mirrors and Spherical Mirrors. Spherical mirrors are further divided into Concave and Convex mirrors. When the inward surface of a spherical mirror is painted, then it is considered a convex mirror, whereas when the outward surface of a spherical mirror is painted, this mirror is called a concave mirror.

To understand all the details about concave mirrors and convex mirrors, it is important to know the difference between concave and convex mirrors. Thus, on this page, we have provided all the details about the difference between concave and convex mirrors in Physics. Read on to find out more.

## Difference Between Concave and Convex Mirrors

A frequently asked question in CBSE Class 10 Physics is: What are the differences between concave and convex mirrors in Physics? The answer for the same is tabulated below:

### Characteristics Concave Mirrors and Convex Mirrors

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1. P denotes Pole – The centre of the reflecting surface of a spherical mirror.
2. C denotes Center of Curvature – The reflecting surface of a spherical mirror forms a part of a sphere. This sphere has a centre. This point is called the centre of curvature of the spherical mirror.
3. R denotes Radius – The distance between the reflecting surface of a spherical mirror and the Center of Curvature is called Radius.
4. F denotes Principal Focus: The reflected rays appear to come from a point on the principal axis. This point is called the principal focus.
5. Principal Axis: It is an imaginary line passing through the P and the C of the spherical mirror.

### Difference Between Concave, Convex, and Plane Mirrors

Another familiar question asked to students is: “Explain the difference between a plane mirror, a concave mirror, and a convex mirror with respect to the type and size of the images produced.” The answer for the same is given in tabular format below:

### Difference Between Convex and Concave Lens

A lens is an optical tool that converges or diverges a light beam by refraction. There are two types of lens and they are concave and convex lenses. The differences between concave and convex lenses are tabulated below:

### FAQs on Concave and Convex Mirrors

Frequently asked questions on concave and convex mirrors are given below:

Students can also learn more about concave, convex, and plane mirrors from Embibe’s Study page. The mirror concepts are explained in both theory and video format. Going through the study page, you can easily understand the Physics Mirror and Lens concepts easily.

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