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written by Michael Davidson and Shannon Neaves
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is an introductory tutorial on the topic of lenses.  It explains how lenses are classified according to their curvature and the type of refraction that occurs when light travels through them.  Each classification is supplemented with  drawings that illustrate the focal planes and geometric properties of various types of lenses.  Also included is a Java simulation of lens shape and action.

This item is part of a larger collection of materials for students of introductory optics on the topic of light and color.
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= Thin Lens
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Microscopy and Optical Devices

This Java-based tutorial introduces students to concave and convex lens characteristics and explains how each type of lens works to produce convergence or divergence of light.  It would be a great warm-up activity before a class lab on lenses and magnification.

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M. Davidson and S. Neaves, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), WWW Document, (https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/lenses.html).
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M. Davidson and S. Neaves, Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Introduction to Lenses, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/lenses.html>.
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Davidson, M., & Neaves, S. (2008, January 26). Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Introduction to Lenses. Retrieved September 23, 2020, from Olympus America, Inc.: https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/lenses.html
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Davidson, Michael, and Shannon Neaves. Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Introduction to Lenses. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., January 26, 2008. https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/lenses.html (accessed 23 September 2020).
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Davidson, Michael, and Shannon Neaves. Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Introduction to Lenses. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2003. 26 Jan. 2008. 23 Sep. 2020 <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/lenses.html>.
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### Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Introduction to Lenses:

Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics & You - Light and Color

This page is the full index of materials by the same authors on Light and Color.  It contains tutorials on electromagnetic radiation, properties of light, reflection, refraction, diffraction, human vision, light filtration, and polarization of light.  It also links to more than 25 related Java simulations.

relation by Bruce Mason
Contains Molecular Expressions: Introduction to Lenses - Lens Shape

This item is an interactive Java simulation in which users control a slider to produce concave or convex lens surfaces and explore how the lens shape affects light refraction.

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