# Thread: What's the difference between converging and diverging rays?

1. ## What's the difference between converging and diverging rays? var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":false};

I thought when you see an object an exact 'light replica' is reflected in to your reyes. Instead I'm being told the rays converge to a point.
If they converge to a point wouldn't you just be seeing a point/dot instead of the actual object, e.g a cell phone.

2. converging ray after refraction meet at a point and concentrate on it

diverging ray after refraction go away from each other but meet behind the lens or mirror

3. They don't converge to a point. That's a misunderstanding I see foisted a lot. There is a smaller, upside-down, real image focused on the retina.
A converging lens will focus the rays coming from an object into a focal plane. Where that focal plane intercepts the principal axis, there is a focal point. The only way an object will focus light to a point like that is if it is a very faraway object that appears very small. Like a star. That will focus at the focal point.
Even the sun doesn't focus down to a point. When you focus the sun's rays with a converging lens, it doesn't get down to a point, it just gets down to a very small, reversed image of the sun, with a lot of energy focused into a very small area. But it's still not a point, it's just a very small, intense image of the sun.
ishaan's answer is crap. ignore it completely.

4. Rays of light converge to a point when they approach each other and meet at that point.
Rays of light diverge from a point when they pass through a point and go away from one another(afastar uns dos outros).

5. think of the dot matrix printer or pixels in a computer . they are pin pts coming together to form a bigger image.
converging rays come together on a magnifying glass or microscope lens.
diverging rays go apart on a prism.

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