Notes Physics

Optical Instrument


The compound microscope produces a greater magnification than the simple microscope.  It has two lenses, the objective lens which has a short focal length and the eye piece used as the magnifying glass to view an image formed by the objective lens.

The image formed by the objective lens is within the principal focus of the piece.  So a final image is formed at the least distance of distinctive vision from the eye.


An astronomical telescope is used for viewing distance objects like stars and planets. The astronomical telescope uses two convex lenses; the objective lens and the eye piece.

The objective lens has a long focal length and forms a real image of a distant object at its focal plane.  The position of the eyepiece and the objective lens must coincide along the principal focus so that the final image is at infinity.  The astronomical telescope gives an inverted image which can be tolerated when looking at the stars but is at a disadvantage on the earth.


The optical system of the eye consist of the cornea, the aqueous, the vitreous humour and the lens.  They form a real and inverted image of an external object on the retina. The retina transmits the impression created on it by the image through the optic nerve to the brain.  The brain then interpretes the impression.  The amount of light entering the eye through the pupil is regulated by the iris.)


A long sighted person can see objects at a distance but cannot see close objects clearly.  His near point is more than 25cm which is the near point of the normal eye.  It is caused by the eye ball being too short so that rays from object at 25cm from the eye are brought to focus behind the retina.  It is corrected by converging lens placed in front of the eye for near vision.

Hyperopia (Farsightedness) | Eye facts, Diagnosis, Patient education


A short sighted person cannot see distant objects clearly as rays from such objects are focused in front of the retina.  His far point is less than the normal far point which is at infinity.  It is corrected by the use of diverging lens.  The diverging lens makes the object at infinity to appear to be at the person’s far point.

Short Sight (Myopia) | Causes and Treatment | Patient

General revision

  1. A ball of mass 100g travelling with a velocity of 100m/s collides with another ball of mass 400g moving at 50m/s in the same direction. If they stick together what would be their common velocity?
  2. An N.N.P.C gas cylinder containing 15Kg of gas was left open and the gas emptied 3.  8minutes at an average speed of 20m/s what force was exerted on the gas in the cylinder.

Reading Assignment

New School Physics Pages 319 – 322

Weekend Assignment

  1. For correcting long sight defects in the human eyes, we require ………..
  2. Converging lens       (b) diverging lens  (c) microscope  (d) periscope.
  3.  Which of the following optical instruments does not make use of a lens?

(a) projector                (b)periscope    (c ) eye    (d) microscope.

  1. The ability of the eye to focus object at different distances is called ……..
  2. Power         (b) accommodations     (c) normal vision  (d) long sight
  3. Binocular vision
  4. Restricts the field of view        (b)   Enables a person to see further

(c ) Enables objects to be seen in relief     (d)Enables objects to be seen clearly.

  1. ………. Waves are set up in pipes
  2. Stationary              (b) longitudinal      (c) transverse   (d) electromagnetic.


  1.  State three types of eye defect and the types of lenses for correction.
  2. State three types of optical instruments.

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