# Find the focal length of a concave lens using a convex lens?

## Main Question or Discussion Point

Can anyone explain to me the procedure that one would follow to you find the focal length of a concave lens using a convex lens? Thanks.

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Yeah there is a way

Assume the convex lens creates an image of S at the point S'. Now if you put a concave lens in front of the convex one then the image of S will move further and will be at point S''. Now consider a reverse path of light: S'' is now the object and you'll see it's image at S' which is created by the concave lens. Let the distance from the "center" of the concave lens to S'' be a and the distance from S' to the "center" of the concave lens be b. Then using the lens formula:

$$-\frac{1}{f}=\frac{1}{a}-\frac{1}{b}$$ notice there is a minus near b and f. It's because the image is imaginary

Thus

$$f=\frac{ab}{b-a}$$

I hope I didn't make any mistakes

tiny-tim
If you'd changed "Then using the lens formula:" to "Then use the lens formula! ", and stopped there, then that would have been a good hint. (The OP can always come back and ask for more help, if necessary, of course )