The diagram shows a dish antenna which is used to receive television signals from a satellite. The antenna (signal detector) is fixed in front of the curved dish.
(a) What is the purpose of the dish?
(b) Should it be concave or convex?
(c) Where should the antenna be positioned to receive the strongest possible signals?
(d) Explain what change you would expect in the signals if a larger dish was used.
(b) The dish should be concave.
(c) The antenna should be positioned at the focus of the concave dish to receive the strongest possible signals.
(d) If a larger dish was used, the aperture of the concave mirror would have been bigger; therefore, the signals received by the antenna would have been stronger.
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