1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Ray tracing for convex lens

  1. Nov 27, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data lensquestion.png
    B) Is the image real or virtual? Explain.
    C) Using the lens equation, find the image distance.

    2. Relevant equations

    1/di + 1/do = 1/f

    3. The attempt at a solution
    B) The image is real because it is on the opposite side of the lens as the source of light.

    C) do = 6cm f = 3cm
    1/do + 1/di = 1/f
    1/di = 1/f - 1/do
    1/di = do/f(do) - f/f(do)
    1/di = (do-f)/(f*do)
    di = (f*do)/(do-f) = (3cm * 6cm)/(6cm - 3cm) = (18cm^2)/(3cm) = 6cm
    di = 6cm
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 27, 2014 #2
    not too confident about my ray tracing. this is what it shows in the book but i know it differs depending on the situation
  4. Nov 28, 2014 #3


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Your ray tracing is all right. The ray entering parallel with the axis goes through the focus on the other side of the lens.
    The ray entering through the focus, goes parallel with the axis on the other side.
  5. Nov 28, 2014 #4
    ok i feel a little more confident that i got both of these problems right. thanks for the help
  6. Nov 28, 2014 #5


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    you are welcome.:)
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted