Explain the nature of the image formed by magnifying glass.

A magnifying glass produces a virtual and erect image.

Magnifying glass

A magnifying glass is a convex lens used to make an object appear much larger than it actually is. This works when the object is placed at a distance less than the focal length from the lens. A magnifying glass uses a convex lens because these lenses cause light rays to converge, or come together. Magnifying glasses work thanks to the simple principles of optical physics.

The image is:

  • upright (the right way up)
  • magnified (larger than the object)
  • virtual (cannot be produced on a screen)

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