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Part B: Refraction in water - ANSWERS

1 a Refract; towards.

b Emerge; away from.

c Incident; a glass surface; no.

2 When light rays at an angle to the surface travel from a medium of low density to one of higher density, the light rays refract

towards the normal.

3 a From the tip, to the eye.

4 a From the coin to the eye.

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Lenses

Lenses

There are two main types of lenses:

• convex lenses—these curve outwards and are fatter in the middle

• concave lenses—these curve inwards (a little like a cave) and are thinner in the middle.

Convex lenses Concave Lenses

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Lenses – An application of refraction

Lenses – An application of refraction

There are 2 basic types of lenses

A converging lens (Convex)

takes light rays and bring

them to a point.

A diverging lens (concave) takes light rays and spreads them outward.

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Movement of Light through Lenses

Movement of Light through Lenses

CONVEX LENS

In a convex lens, an incoming ray parallel to the principal axis is refracted through the principal focus (F).

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Concave Lens

Concave Lens

In a concave lens, an incoming ray parallel to the principal axis is refracted so that it appears to come from the principal focus (F).

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Movement of Light through a Lens

Movement of Light through a Lens

The distance from the centre line (plane) of the lens to the principal focus is called the focal length of the lens.

A ray passing through the centre of either type of lens is unaffected.

As with all images, rays of light that come from a part of the object come together again at that same part of the image.

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Focal Length

Focal Length

The greater the curvature of a lens, the more it bends light and hence the shorter the focal length.

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Image type and Location

Image type and Location

Convex lenses produce two different types of images, depending on where the object is located.

If the object is at a distance greater than the focal length of the lens, a real image is formed.

A real image can be projected onto a screen

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Convex Lenses

Convex Lenses

If the object is at a distance less than the focal length of the lens, a virtual image is formed.

This image can’t be projected onto a screen.

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Concave Lenses

Concave Lenses

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