Physics Revsion : Lenses

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P3 : IMAGES

IMAGES CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Position - is image closer or further away from lens comapred to actual object?
  • Size - is it smaller (diminished) or larger (magnified) than actual object?
  • Orientation - is the image upside down (inverted) or correct way up (upright)?
  • Type - is it real (can be shown on a screen) or virtual (no light rays go to or from the image)?

REAL IMAGE: A real image is where the light from an object comes together to from an image on a 'screen' - like the image formed on an eye's retina (the 'screen' at the back of an eye)

VIRTUAL IMAGE: A virtual image is when the rays are diverging, so the light from the object appears to be coming from a completely different place.

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