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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?

Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Behavior of a Gas
2Heat Engines
3Standing Waves on a String
4Standing Waves in a Column of Air
5Doppler Effect
7Coulomb's Law
8Mapping Electric Potential
9Factors Affecting Electrical Resistance
10Series and Parallel Circuits
11Faraday’s Law: Moving Magnet
12Faraday’s Law: Alternating Current
13Capacitors and Inductors
14RLC Circuits
15Curved Mirrors and Images
16Thin Lenses and Real Images
17Thin Lenses and Virtual Images
18Aperture and Depth of Field
21Spectrum of Atomic Hydrogen
22Planck’s Constant

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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