How can a converging lens be used as a magnifying glass?

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Apr 17, 2014

When held close to an object, a converging lens bends the light away from the object, making it appear larger.

Specifically, to view an upright, enlarged image, the object must be placed between the lens and the focal point (F) of the lens, as shown below:

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But, this magnification is relative to the positioning of the lens to the object. Please see http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/refrn/Lesson-5/Converging-Lenses-Object-Image-Relations for more detailed information.

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