Ray diagrams

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I am revising for AQA GCSE P3 and am trying to learn the light ray rules for mirrors, lenses etc. Just wondering how people have learned these and if anyone has a link to practice questions?

Thank you! :D

Posted Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:30 by Former Member

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i think you need to learn 4 main things whether the image is

  • real or virtual
  • far or near
  • inverted or the right way around
  • diminished or larger 

you can usually tell these by looking at where the new image is formed is it behing the eye:real

or is the arrow bigger than original object arrow:larger 

is after the object:far

etc etc

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 14:42 by anonymous
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Try this website:


just remember that with mirrors the rays reflect - concave they reflect in, convex they reflect out. With lenses they appear on the other side - concave they diverge out (and you have to dot them back) and with convex they converge in.

Hope this helps =)

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 21:22 by Joanne