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Difference between real and virtual image


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The following are the differences between a real image and virtual image:

  1. real image can be caught on a screen whereas a virtual image cannot be caught on a screen.
  2. real image is always inverted whereas a virtual image is always erect.
  3. real image is formed when the rays of light after reflection or refraction actually meet at some point whereas a virtual image is formed when the rays of light after reflection or refraction appear to meet at a point.
  4. real image is formed by the actual intersection of light rays whereas a virtual image is formed by the imaginary intersection of light rays.
  5. real image can be formed in in a screen but a virtual image can be only seen in the mirror.
  6. real image is formed by only concave mirror however a virtual image can be formed by concave, convex and plane mirror also.

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