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A Virtual Image, We Always Say, Cannot Be Caught on a Screen. Yet When We ‘See’ a Virtual Image, We Are Obviously Bringing It on to the ‘Screen’ (I.E., the Retina) of Our Eye. is There a Contradiction? - Physics

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 A virtual image, we always say, cannot be caught on a screen. Yet when we ‘see’ a virtual image, we are obviously bringing it on to the ‘screen’ (i.e., the retina) of our eye. Is there a contradiction?


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A virtual image is formed when light rays diverge. The convex lens of the eye causes these divergent rays to converge at the retina. In this case, the virtual image serves as an object for the lens to produce a real image.

Concept: Optical Instruments - The Eye
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NCERT Class 12 Physics Textbook
Chapter 9 Ray Optics and Optical Instruments
Q 18.2 | Page 347
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