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What type of image does a plane mirror form?

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The image in a plane mirror is right side up and full size. It is a horizontal reverse of the object and is called a virtual image. The object's distance from the mirror and the image's distance from the point of reflection are equal.

In addition to the plane mirror, there are two other basic types of mirrors. Concave mirrors produce images that are larger than the actual object. They are used when close magnification is needed. Flashlights contain concave mirrors to concentrate the beam of light. Convex mirrors shrink objects and make them appear far away. They are used for store security and as the side mirrors on cars.


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