# When do you get to know that we have to put negative sign or positive sign to the given data to solve the problems in the chapter Light- Reflection and Refraction???

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I am writing here for lenses. It will be similar for mirrors.

The formula is
always

1/v - 1/u = 1/f and magnification is m = v/u = h'/h

Sign convention:

1. Distances u , v , f
measured against the direction of rays from object are negative. If
object on the left, lens on the right side, then u is negative.
Focal length for convex lens is +ve. Focal length for concave
lens is negative.

2. Distances or heights h or h' of
objects and images which are erect (+Y direction) are positive. Inverted
lengths h' or h in -y direction are negative.

Substitute +ve or negative sign along with
numerical values.

One good thing, you can do, call U,
V, F, H, H' to be always positive and equal to |u|, | v | ,....

Then for a concave lens, u = - U, v
= - V, f = -F. h = H, h' = H'

For a convex lens for real image, h = H,
h' = -H' f = F, u = -U, v = -V.__Make a table of all signs for cases of all virtual
and real images for all lenses and mirrors. Then only you will understand it completely.__