The equation connecting s, p, and f for a simple lens can be employed for spherical mirrors, too. A concave mirror with a focal length of 8cm forms an image of a small object placed 10 cm in front of the mirror. Where will this image be located?

a) The equation of the lens is

$1/x1 +1/x2 = 1/f$

where x1 is the position of the object, positive to the left of the lens

and x2 is the position if the image positive to the right positive to the lens

and f is positive for a converging lens and negative for a diverging lens

$1/x2 =1/f-1/x1$

$1/x2 =-1/20 -1/50 =-70/100$

$x2 =-100/70 =-1.429 cm$, therefore the image is to the left of the lens

The magnification is simply

$y2/y1 = -x2/x1 = 1.429/50 =0.02958$, the image is smaller and non inverted

b) the equation of a concave mirror is

$1/p1 +1/p2 =1/f,$

where p1 and p2 are the positions of the object, respectively image (positive if both to the left of the mirror) and f is positive for a concave mirror

$1/p2 =1/f -1/p1 =1/8-1/10 =2/80$

$p2 =40 cm$ , to the left of the mirror, real image

the magnification is simply $Y2/Y1 =-p2/P1 =-40/10 = -4$, the image is bigger and inverted