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Lenses question -- Can lenses Magnify?

  1. Jun 19, 2014 #1
    Can lenses Magnify? i know that eyeglasses can get the image farther or nearer to fix it on the retina, but can lenses magnify as mirrors can ?
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  3. Jun 19, 2014 #2


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    Have you ever used a "Magnifying glass"?
  4. Jun 19, 2014 #3


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    Try Googling with the search terms "Magnifying Lens" in Images. There are thousands of pictures and many of them show well how magnification is achieved.

    You will see that a convex lens is required and that a concave lens never magnifies.
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