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Differentiate between a real and a virtual image.

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The difference between a real and a virtual image are as follows —

Real image Virtual image
A real image is formed due to actual intersection of the reflected rays. A virtual image is formed when the reflected rays appear to meet when produced backwards.
A real image can be obtained on a screen. A virtual image cannot be obtained on a screen.
A real image is inverted with respect to the object A virtual image image is erect with respect to the object.
Example — The image of a distant object formed by a concave mirror. Example — The image of an object formed by a plane mirror or by a convex mirror.

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