Ray Optics: Refraction and Lenses

Refraction and Lenses: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 26:

A lens produces a virtual image located 33.8 cm from the lens when the object is located 18.5 cm from the lens. Determine the focal length of the lens. What kind of lens is it?

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