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Thin Lenses and Virtual Images


In this experiment, you will investigate virtual images and examine two important applications of these images: the magnifying glass and the telescope. One of the many claims to fame of Galileo Galilei is his work refining the design of a refracting optical telescope. Telescopes use combinations of lenses to produce a magnified image.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use ray diagrams to show the formation of virtual images by concave and convex lenses.
  • Contrast characteristics of real and virtual images.
  • Examine the conditions under which a convex lens acts like a magnifying glass.
  • Use a combination of lenses to form a telescope.

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 17 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Beyond Mechanics Lab Book

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