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written by Michael Davidson, Mortimer Abramowitz, Kenneth R. Spring, and Matthew J. Parry-Hill
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This is an introductory tutorial on simple lenses and the geometry involved in tracing light rays through lenses.  It explores basic lens structure, convergence and divergence, optical distortion, and common aberrations in lens systems.  Also included are more than a dozen interactive Java applets that simulate a variety of lenses and optical aberrations.  This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Editor's Note: This collection would serve as an excellent supplement to a unit on light refraction or lenses. Great way for kids to play investigate lens properties prior to a lab.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Optical Instruments
= Thin Lens
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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© 2002 National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Keywords:
Simulations, aberration, bi-convex lens, converging lens, diverging lens, lenses, optics, ray diagram, thin lens, tutorial
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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March 26, 2014 by Caroline Hall
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M. Davidson, M. Abramowitz, K. Spring, and M. Parry-Hill, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/lenseshome.html).
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M. Davidson, M. Abramowitz, K. Spring, and M. Parry-Hill, Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Lenses and Geometrical Optics, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/lenseshome.html>.
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Davidson, M., Abramowitz, M., Spring, K., & Parry-Hill, M. (2010, June 15). Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Lenses and Geometrical Optics. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/lenseshome.html
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Davidson, M, M. Abramowitz, K. Spring, and M. Parry-Hill. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Lenses and Geometrical Optics. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., June 15, 2010. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/lenseshome.html (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Mortimer Abramowitz, Kenneth R. Spring, and Matthew J. Parry-Hill. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Lenses and Geometrical Optics. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2002. 15 June 2010. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/lenseshome.html>.
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