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What are mirrors and its uses?

9/11/2013 6:14:23 PM | by Anonymous



What are mirrors and its uses?

Mirrors are objects that reflect light in a way that is most proportionate to the original object. Certain mirrors also aim to filter out wavelengths; this projects a different image as shown on the mirror. The most commonly found mirrors are plane mirrors which have a flat surface, which are found in most households. There are also curved mirrors which distort the reflected image.

Mirrors are mostly used for personal grooming purposes, architectural design, cameras, lasers, telescopes and various industrial machineries. There are also some non-optical objects where the use of electromagnetic radiation is used and designed for other wavelengths.

How are mirrors made?

Typically, mirrors are made by applying a reflective coating consisting of a few compounds such as paint, silver, copper, Tin (II) Chloride and Chemical Activator. These are usually applied to glass as it is easy to fabricate, rigid, hard, and transparent and their smooth finish makes it the ideal material to backbone a mirror.

Each compound has a purpose; Tin (II) Chloride is used to bond the silver with the glass. The chemical activator is used to harden the tin and silver. Copper is added in order for the mirror to be more durable and long lasting. The paint is applied to the back to prevent the mirrors from getting scratched.

However, some mirrors are produced differently, such as those which will undergo stressful situations and require more durability. In such cases, Mirrors may be produced out of a single piece of polished metal.

What are the different types of mirrors?

There are a few basic types of glass mirrors: aluminum glass mirror, which is made of float glass that uses a powdered vacuum coating. There is the low aluminum glass mirror which has a coat of silver and two layers of protective paint on the back of the glass. These types of mirrors are extremely clear, smooth and are very accurate when reflecting natural colors. There is also the safety glass mirror which is produced by applying a special protective film to the back surface of a silver glass mirror. This helps keep the pieces of glass together in case of an accident or if the mirror were to break. There are also decorative glass mirrors which are mostly crafted by hand. This allows for a variety of shades, shapes and allows for the craftsman to alter the thickness as well depending on the design.

Mirrors in our daily lives

Many people undermine the existence of mirrors in our daily lives. The fact is that life would be much harder without them. These are just some of the many uses that mirrors provide.

In most vehicles mirrors is a necessity as they can help locate blind spots, allow for drivers to check before merging lanes, help Drivers Park properly and many more. On larger vehicles such as trucks and buses, curved mirrors are especially useful for helping drivers in minimizing blind spots. There would be a lot more accidents if mirrors were not a part of vehicles.

Dentists also make good use of mirrors by finding those nasty decays located in the inner depths of one’s mouth. Those mirrors can either be curved or flat. Besides dentists, mechanics are also able use such mirrors to view parts of the machinery which are very inaccessible.

Police and scientists also use a one way mirror, where one side is able to look through as if looking through normal glass while the opposite side is unable to and only sees their own reflection. Such mirrors can also be used in laser technologies.

Mirrors play a big part in today’s technology as well. Many of the latest high end televisions contain microscopic mirrors which are used mainly for reflecting light to the pixels to provide a more crisp and natural display.

Mirrors have many uses in today’s world but at the end of the day to the average person, it is just a tool used to see how good your hair looks.

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