Ray Diagram Example and Worksheet

Looking for ray diagrams? Here’s a list of free ray diagram you can use to ease your study. These ray diagrams below can be used as references in studying the converging and diverging lenses. We’ll start by giving you the diagram with the labels below.

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Simple Ray Diagram

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A ray diagram is a diagram that traces the path that light takes in order for a person to view a point on the image of an object. On the diagram, rays (lines with arrows) are drawn for the incident ray and the reflected ray. Complex objects such as people are often represented by stick figures or arrows. In such cases it is customary to draw rays for the extreme positions of such objects.

Ray Diagram Worksheet

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Ray Diagram Problems

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Ray diagrams can be particularly useful for determining and explaining why only a portion of the image of an object can be seen from a given location. The ray diagram at the right shows the lines of sight used by the eye in order to see a portion of the image in the mirror. Examples are given for converging and diverging lenses and for the cases where the object is inside and outside the principal focal length.

Ray Diagram Labeled

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Converging and Diverging Lenses Ray Diagrams

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The diagrams posted above are the unlabeled or worksheets version of the diagram. Select the correct label for each part of the ray diagram and make sure you know very well the concept of the diagram!

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