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written by Michael Davidson
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This is an interactive tutorial on the topic of magnification.  Single lenses such as the bi-convex lens are useful in tools designed for simple magnification applications, such as magnifying glasses, eyeglasses, single-lens cameras, and viewfinders. In this Java simulation, users move a virtual bi-convex lens toward and away from an object to observe changes in the size of the image produced by the lens.  The accompanying text tutorial gives detailed information about the geometric principles governing the situation.  

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Thin Lens
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- Lower Undergraduate
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= Interactive Simulation
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© 2002 National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-2008
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Simulations, lens, light, magnification, optics, ray diagram, ray optics, thin lens
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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October 7, 2007

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

A bi-convex thin lens is the type of lens used in eyeglasses, magnifying glasses, and single-lens cameras.  They work in accordance with simple principles of geometry.  This simulation-based tutorial lets students move the virtual lens back and forth on an optical axis.  They can observe the effects of the changing distances on the magnification produced by the lens.  The text tutorial further explains the fundamentals to prepare students to solve problems involving focal length and magnification.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/magnify/index.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/magnify/index.html>.
APA Format
Davidson, M. (2007, October 7). Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/magnify/index.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, October 7, 2007. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/magnify/index.html (accessed 1 November 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2002. 7 Oct. 2007. 1 Nov. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/lenses/magnify/index.html>.
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Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Magnification with a Bi-Convex Lens:

Is By The Same Author and Covers a Similar Topic As Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorials - Simple Bi-Convex Thin Lenses

This related simulation also features a bi-convex thin lens. The user can control sliders to change the object size and focal length.  Geometric principles are discussed in detail.

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