Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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Chapter 25 - Optical Instruments - Questions: 19


Whether f is positive or negative, the focal length for violet light has a smaller magnitude than for red light, i.e., the focal point is closer to the lens.

Work Step by Step

As seen in Figure 24-14, for glass, the index of refraction for violet light is slightly greater than it is for red light. The violet light bends more (as seen in Figure 24-15), which brings its focal point closer to the lens itself (than red light’s focal point) and yields a focal length of smaller magnitude.
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