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Homework Help: What physical aspect of a converging lens affects magnification

  1. Mar 16, 2012 #1
    Probably a complete newb question and I know magnification is dependent on how severely the light is bent but what physical aspects cause the light to bend more/less?
    I was told it's the thickness so do thin or thick lenses bend light more severely? and which would result in greater magnification?
    Do Plano convex, miniscus convex etc make a difference?
    Since the lens is thicker at the surface than the edge does any difference in this affect magnification?
    Lastly does the curvature of the lens affect magnification?
    Hopefully this is all making sense and any help would be greatly appreciated.
    All this is for research on my chosen device being an optical microscope.
    Cheers
     
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