Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Thin Lenses and Real Images


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 Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Experiment 16 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics Lab Book

<i>Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics</i> book cover

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