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In this item devoted to the physics of sight, the author explores how the human eye is able to refract light to produce a focused image.  Included are explanations of how the cornea acts as a double convex lens and how the brain converts nerve impulses from incoming light to inverted images on the retina.  The inclusion of lens and magnification calculations focuses the material specifically for the physics teacher or learner.  This page is part of a larger online collection, The Physics Classroom.

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© 1996 The Physics Classroom
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geometrical optics, human eye, lenses, optics, retina
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This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

In this item devoted to the physics of sight, the author explores how the human eye is able to refract light to produce a focused image.  The inclusion of lens and magnification calculations focuses the material specifically for the physics teacher.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Eye

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This five-part tutorial on the human eye is part of the highly-regarded Physics Classroom web site.  It would be a great resource for K-8 physical science teachers to learn more about the physical and neural mechanisms that interact to produce human vision.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Eye

This five-part tutorial on the human eye is part of the highly-regarded Physics Classroom web site.  Students work at their own pace to gain understanding of the complex physical and neural mechanisms that interact to produce human vision.

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