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In this section:

The Optics Book

1. Before Optics
2. Light and Illumination
3. Reflection and refraction
4. Geometrical Optics and thin lenses

Thin Lenses
Ray Diagrams
Equations
Mirrors
Practical Aplications
5. The human eye
6. Optics instruments
7. Scattering & spectrum
8. Color
9. Interferences & difraction
10. Polarization
11. Quantic Optics

# Ray diagrams:

Ray diagrams are drawings of the different situations for lenses.  These drawings are the different cases for a double convex lens.

For the ray diagrams, assume that the lenses are thin.  We assume this because we do not want the thickness of the lens to affect the bending of the rays.  Although the rays do bend when they enter and leave the lens, it is miniscule and for the most part can be neglected.

Ray diagrams for a double convex mirror

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Case 1 – Object is at infinity
Case 2 – Object beyond 2F
Case 3 – Object at 2F
Case 4 – Object between F and 2F
Case 5 – Object at F
Case 6 – Object between F and the lens