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written by Michael Davidson
This is an interactive tutorial on the topic of optical thin lenses.  A lens is bi-convex if both surfaces are curved outward.  In this Java-based simulation, students explore how changes to focal length and object size affect the image formed by a simple bi-convex thin lens. The accompanying text tutorial gives detailed information about the geometric principles governing the situation.

This item is part of a larger Microscopy Primer developed by the National High Magnetic Field at Florida State University.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the complete primer.

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Thin Lens
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Simulations, bi-convex lens, converging lens, interactive tutorial, lens, light, magnification, optics, ray diagram, ray optics, thin lens, tutorial
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 26, 2007

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

A great companion tutorial to the item directly above.  This simulation by the same author lets students change the object size and focal length to see how these variables affect the image formed by a bi-convex lens.  The lens equation is displayed at the same time: values automatically change with the changing variables.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2002), WWW Document, (https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/simplethinlens/index.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Simple Bi-Convex Thin Lenses (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2002), <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/simplethinlens/index.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2007, October 26). Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Simple Bi-Convex Thin Lenses. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/simplethinlens/index.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Simple Bi-Convex Thin Lenses. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, October 26, 2007. https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/simplethinlens/index.html (accessed 21 June 2024).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Simple Bi-Convex Thin Lenses. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2002. 26 Oct. 2007. 21 June 2024 <https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/simplethinlens/index.html>.
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Is By The Same Author and Covers a Similar Topic As Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens

In this related simulation, users move a virtual bi-convex lens toward and away from the object to observe changes in the magnification.  A good companion tutorial.

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