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Images Formed By Lens

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Images Formed By Lens - Lesson Summary


Concave Lens

A concave lens is thinner at its centre than at its edges, and is used to correct short sightedness. When light rays are incident on a concave lens, they bend outwards or diverge.  Thus, a concave lens is also called a diverging lens. The image formed by a concave lens is upright, virtual and smaller than the object. For example, the images seen through a peep hole are different from those seen through normal holes, because these peep holes contain concave lenses.

Convex Lens

A convex lens makes the object magnified, when viewed through it. A convex lens is thick in the middle and thin at its edge. When light rays pass through a convex lens, they bend inwards and converge at a common point to form an image of the source of light. Rays from the sun converge to form its image as a bright spot. A convex lens converges light rays. Therefore, it is also called a converging lens. The image formed when the object is placed close to a convex lens is virtual, erect and magnified. Virtual images cannot be caught on a screen. Images that are caught on a screen are called real images. When the object is placed at a distance from a convex lens, the image formed is real, inverted and diminished.

Applications of Lenses

Lenses are used in magnifying glasses, peep holes, cameras, bioscopes, binoculars, telescopes, microscopes and projectors. A refracting telescope uses a concave mirror and a convex lens.

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