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What is the difference between Real Image and Virtual Image?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Sep 21, 2020

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Anika Nicole

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Anika Nicole
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Answered Aug 16, 2019

RealImageand Virtual Image are two types of images. Terms like these are discussed inphysics. Optical images are formed when an object is reproduced through lenses like concave and convex lenses. Images that are reproduced can either be real or virtual. There are some differences between Real Image and virtual image. A real image is formed when the rays oflightare fixed to a point, and the image formed can be captured or projected on the screen.

RealImageand Virtual Image are two types of images. Terms like these are discussed inphysics.
Real images are formed by a converging lens or convex lens. An example of this is the image formed when you are using your projector. A virtual image, on the other hand, is formed when the rays of light diverge as they pass a concave or diverging lens. As a result of this, a virtual image cannot be captured or projected on the screen. Real images are always inverted, while virtual images are always upright.

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