Light Passing Through Thick Lenses

When you shine a beam of red laser light on a piece of glass, it can bend in different ways. Here we present a few examples and show how to mathematically work through them using Snell's Law and geometry, rather than use thin-lense approximations.

Problem 1 - Light bends through a prism.

Problem 2 - Light goes into a prism, reflects inside, and then goes out at a completely different angle.

Problem 3 - Light bends through a plano-convex lens.

Problem 4 - Light bends through a plano-convex lens oriented the other way.

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