# Second focal point of a concave lens

1. Jun 12, 2014

### Fiona Rozario

Why is the focal point to the left of a concave lens called the second focal point? Isn't it just a matter of the name? So can't the focal point on the left of the lens be called F1 instead of F2?

2. Jun 12, 2014

Why not? Focal point is just a name.It's not even real in concave lenses.

3. Jun 12, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

When you have incoming parallel rays, the outgoing rays converge towards or diverge from the first focal point.

When you have outgoing parallel rays, the incoming rays converge towards or diverge from the second focal point.