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Technical Terms: The optical centre, C, is the centre of the converging lens. principal axis Optical centre, C
principal axis Technical Terms: The principal axis is a horizontal line passing through the optical centre Optical centre, C
Technical Terms: The principal focus, F, of the converging lens is the point on the principal axis to which all rays originally parallel and close to the axis converge, after passing through the lens. F F: focus Focal length C F
Technical Terms: The focal length, f, of the lens is the distance between the optical centre and the principal focus. F Focal length f C F
Standard rays (For construction of ray diagram) F C F step 1 step2 step 3
F F object image Object distance u Image distance v Technical Terms: The object distance, u , is the distance between the optical centre and the object. The image distance, v , is the distance between the image and the optical centre.
Place a screen at the back of a convex lens. Adjust the position of the lens until a clear image of distance object is obtained on the screen. The distance between the lens and the screen gives the focal length of the convex lens.
Approximate method to find the focal length of the convex lens Focal length
Place a plane mirror at the back of a convex lens.
Adjust an illuminated object in front of the convex lens until a clear image is obtained at the same position as the object.
Measure the distance between the convex lens and the object(image). It gives the focal length of the convex lens.
F F object image Worked example 1: Given: focal length of convex length, f, object distance, u and its size. Find by graphically the size and the nature of its image produced. The image obtained: Enlarged, inverted and real. Image distance, v > f
F F image object Worked example 2: Given: focal length of convex length, f, image distance, v and its size. Find by graphically the size and the position of the object. Graphically:
object image F focal length f Given: the size and position of distance of an object and its image . Find by graphically the focal length, f, and the position of the lens. Worked example 3: Graphically:
GCE O-Level Past Examination Paper Science (Physics)
Nov 1998 10. The human eye has a converging lens system that produces an image at the back of the eye. If the eye views a distant object, which type of image is produced? A real, erect, diminished B real, inverted, diminished C virtual, erect, diminished D virtual, inverted, diminished B
November 1989 10. In the diagram, XY is a convex lens and F are the principal foci. An object is placed at O. At which point is the base of the image formed? D X Y
GCE O Nov 1997 11. The diagram shows the action of a magnifying glass. Which point is the principal focus of the lens ? D
Nov 1996 13(a) Draw a labelled diagram to show what is meant by the focal length of a thin converging lens.  Focal length is distance from centre of lens to focus. (continue in next slide)
13(b) A thin converging lens can be used to produce either a real or a virtual image. Explain the difference between these types of image.  (Cont. …) Q. 13 Nov 1996 Real image is the image that can project on the screen. Virtual image is the image that produce by reflection of light and cannot projected on the screen. Draw two ray diagrams, one to show the formation of a real image, the other to show the formation of a virtual image, using a thin converging lens.  (continue in next slide)
(Cont. …) Q. 13 Nov 1996 13(b) When f > u, image: Virtual, upright and Enlarged. When u > f, image: Real, inverted and reduced.
6(a) Draw rays on the diagram below to show what is meant by the focal length of a converging lens. GCE Nov 1991 lens Rays parallel to axis axis Focal length (continue on next slide)
6(b) The diagram below shows the image I of an object O produced by a converging lens. Complete a ray diagram to show two rays passing from the object to the image. Mark the positions of the lens L and the relevant focal point F on the diagram.  (Cont. …) Q. 6 Nov 1991 O I lens F L F
Nov 1990 2. The diagram below represents a thin converging lens L (shown as a vertical line) which is being used to produce an image I of a point object O. On the diagram, complete the path of the ray shown and draw a second ray to locate the position of the principal focus (the focal point) of the lens. Label this point F.  F L