Will an image appear larger or smaller in oil than in water

In summary, the image will appear larger in oil than in water due to the higher refractive index of oil. The type of oil used can also affect the size of the image, as well as the thickness of the oil layer. The image size in oil can be manipulated by changing these factors, which is often done in microscopy for better visibility of small objects.
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light travels more slowly in vegetable oil than in water. Will an object appear larger or smaller if the beaker is filled with oil rather than water?...help me thanks
 
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Assume looking with bare eyes. Only different place. Oil has more indice so light swerve more. Only a lens may change the dimensions.
 
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Based on the information provided, the image will appear smaller in oil compared to water. This is because light travels slower in oil than in water, causing the image to be magnified to a lesser extent. Therefore, if the beaker is filled with oil instead of water, the object will also appear smaller due to the same reason. However, the difference in size may be minimal and may also depend on the specific properties of the oil and water being used. It is important to consider all factors and conduct experiments to accurately determine the effect of medium on image size.
 

1. Will an image appear larger or smaller in oil than in water?

The image will appear larger in oil than in water.

2. Why does an image appear larger in oil than in water?

This is because oil has a higher refractive index than water, which means that light travels slower through oil than through water. This causes the image to bend more in oil, making it appear larger.

3. Does the type of oil affect the size of the image?

Yes, the type of oil used can affect the size of the image. Different oils have different refractive indexes, so the image size may vary depending on the type of oil being used.

4. Are there any other factors that can affect the image size in oil?

Yes, the thickness of the oil layer can also affect the image size. A thicker layer of oil will cause a greater bending of light, resulting in a larger image.

5. Can the image size in oil be manipulated?

Yes, the image size in oil can be manipulated by changing the thickness of the oil layer or by using oils with different refractive indexes. This is a common technique used in microscopy to enhance the visibility of small objects.

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