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Thin Lenses and Real Images

Experiment #16 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

Education Level
High School


In this investigation, you will explore the formation of real images by convex lenses. You will have the opportunity to project images in various configurations, and explore the variables that affect the appearance, size, and location of a real image. After exploring these phenomena, you will formalize your explanations and develop mathematical relationships describing the phenomena.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use lenses to produce real images.
  • Explore how lens characteristics and the position of the object affect the appearance, orientation, and size of real images.
  • Determine the relationship between object distance, image distance, focal length and magnification in real images produced by convex lenses.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following sensors and equipment. Additional equipment may be required.


Teaching to an educational standard? This experiment supports the standards below.

International Baccalaureate (IB)/Physics
C.1 Introduction to imaging

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This experiment is #16 of Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics. The experiment in the book includes student instructions as well as instructor information for set up, helpful hints, and sample graphs and data.

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