Convex Lens Experiment: Making Images and Comparing These to Objects

Did you know that some lenses will cast an image on a screen? How does the image compare to the object? How can you arrange the object and screen so the image is visible? What types of lenses make images like this? 

 

Questions Answered:

How can you make an image on a screen using a lens? 

How doe the image made by a lens compare to the object?

 

Topics Addressed:

Real images

 

Learn to use scientific equipment:

Converging lenses

 

Materials Needed

Votive candle, convex lenses, metric tape measure, cardboard screen

 

Preparation Time

Order/gather materials

 

NOTE: This activity is part of the Light, Optics, & Color Unit found here.

 

Convex Lens Experiment: Making Images and Comparing These to Objects

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