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Lenses Question

  1. Jul 30, 2011 #1
    I know that for concave lenses, the focal length is one half the length of the radius of the circle.

    Is this also true for convex lenses?

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  3. Jul 30, 2011 #2

    xts

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    That's not true. Similar rule applies to mirrors, but not to lenses.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2011 #3

    jtbell

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    Staff: Mentor

  5. Jul 30, 2011 #4
    What I meant to say was:

    "I know that for concave MIRRORS, the focal length is one half the length of the radius of the circle.

    Is this also true for convex MIRRORS?"
     
  6. Jul 30, 2011 #5

    xts

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    Yes, it is.
    Just draw yourself a picture how the light reflects from the spherical surface...
     
  7. Aug 1, 2011 #6
    The number is the same for the same radius, but the sign flips - a convex mirror has a negative focal length, with the usual sign conventions. This makes sense if you think about it - a collimated object beam has the object at infinity, but the reflected beam diverges from a virtual source with a negative image distance. Therefore the focal length must be negative.
     
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