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Solved Examples on Ray Optics

Question 1:-

A praying mantis preys along the central axis of a thin symmetrical lens, 20 cm from the lens. The lateral magnification of the mantis provided by the lens is m = -0.25, and the index of refraction of the lens material is 1.65.

(a) Determine the type of image produced by the lens; whether the object (mantis) is inside or outside the focal point; on which side of the lens the image appears; and whether the image is inverted.

(b) What is the magnitude r of the two radii of curvature of the lens?

Solution:-

(a) From equation m = – i/p, and the given value for m, we see that

i = -mp

= 0.25p

Even without finishing the calculation, we can answer the questions. Because p is positive, i here must be positive. That means we   have a real image, which means we have a converging lens (the only lensthat can produce a real image). The object must be outside the focal point (the only way a real image can be produced). And the image is inverted and on the side of the lens opposite the object. (That is how a converging lens makes a real image.)

(b) Because the lens is symmetric, r1 (for the surface nearer the object) and r2 have the same magnitude r. Because the lens is a converging lens, r1 = +r and r2 = -r. We have only one question 1/f = (n-1) [1/r1 – 1/r2] that includes the radius of curvature of a lens, but we lack a value for f to insert in that equation. We can get  f from equation 1/f = 1/p + 1/i if we first find i. So, we must finish the calculation for i, inserting the given value of p and obtaining

i = (0.25) (20 cm)

 = 5.0 cm

Now equation 1/f = 1/p + 1/i give us,

1/f = 1/p + 1/i

 = [{1/(20 cm)} + {1/(5.0 cm)}]

from which we find, f = 4.0 cm.

Equation 1/f = (n-1) [1/r1 – 1/r2] gives us,

1/f = (n-1) [1/r1 – 1/r2]

= (n-1) [1/(+r) – 1/(-r)]

or, with known values inserted,

 1/(4 cm) = (1.65 – 1) (2/r),

which gives,

r = (2) (0.65) (4.0 cm0

= 5.2 cm

From the above observation we conclude that, the magnitude r of the two radii of curvature of the lens would be 5.2 cm.

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Question 2 (IIT-JEE):-

A small object is placed 45 cm from a convex refracting surface of radius of curvature 15 cm. If the surface separates air from glass of refractive index 1.5, find the position of the image. Also, determine the first and second principal focal lengths.

Solution:-

Distance of object, u = -45 cm

Radius of curvature, R = +15 cm

μ2 = 1.5

μ2 = 1

As the object lies in the rarer medium

 μ2/v –  μ1/u = μ2 – μ1/ R

[1.5/v] – [1/(-45)] = 0.5/15

= 1/30

1.5/v = 1/30 – 1/45

1.5/v = 1/90

v = 135 cm

Therefore position of the image would be at 135 cm. 

First principal focal length is given by

f1 = - μ1R/[μ2μ1]

= – (1×15)/0.5

= -30 cm 

Second principal focal length is given by 

f2 = - μ2R/[μ2μ1]

= – (1.5×15)/0.5

= -45 cm 

From the above observation we conclude that, the first focal length would be at distance -30 cm and second focal length would be at distance -45 cm.

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Question 3:-

An object is placed at a certain distance from a convex lens of focal length 20 cm. Find the...

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