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A lens produces a real image that is twice as large as the object and is located 15 cm from the lens. Find (a) the object distance and (b) the focal length of the

lens.

[tex] m = \frac{-i}{p} [/tex]

So the image is twice as large so obviously [tex] m = 2 [/tex]. The lens produces a real image that is 15cm from the lens. Thus, [tex] i > 0 [/tex] RIGHT??? So we are simply left with,

[tex] p = \frac{-15cm}{2} [/tex]. How can [tex] p [/tex] (the objects distance) be negative? This doesn't make any sense to me. I can resolve this physically but not in the math... I would like to know why.

This problem should be trivial.

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