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Distinguish between a real and a virtual image.

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Real image Virtual image
1. A real image is formed due to actual intersection of refracted (or reflected) rays. 1. A virtual image is formed when the refracted (or reflected) rays meet if they are produced backwards.
2. A real image can be obtained on a screen. 2. A virtual image can not be obtained on a screen.
3. A real image is inverted with respect to the object. 3. A virtual image is erect with respect to the object.

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