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This interactive Flash application allows students to investigate the properties of converging lenses. The user can change the index of refraction and the radius of curvature of the lens. The lens and object can be moved in two dimensions. The user has the option of displaying various rays including rays from two points on the object.

This is part of a large collection of simulations freely available from the Physics Education Technology group at the University of Colorado.

Please note that this resource requires Flash.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Geometrical Optics
= Thin Lens
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/flash
- text/html
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© 2004 PHET and University of Colorado
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Light, Refraction, Vision, comvergent lens, convex lens, experiment simulation, image, interactive multimedia, lens, marginal ray, optics, principal ray, ray diagrams, real image, screen, virtual image
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Metadata instance created July 13, 2008 by Taha Mzoughi
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August 18, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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August 11, 2006
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PhET Simulation: Geometric Optics. (2006, August 11). Retrieved July 18, 2024, from PhET:
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