(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Calculate the matrix for the optical system which takes rays from the object plane

to the image plane for a simple lens and show how this leads to 1/v = 1/u + 1/f

Also show that the matrix can be written in the form

[tex]\left[ \begin{array}{cc} 1/M & b \\ 0 & M \end{array} \right][/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

Ok... so the matrix for the system is going to be m3*m2*m1

where m3 is the translation matrix for a distance "v"

[tex]\left[ \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 \\ -v & 1 \end{array} \right][/tex]

m2 is the thin lens matrix

[tex]\left[ \begin{array}{cc} 1 & -1/f \\ 0 & 1 \end{array} \right][/tex]

m1 is the translation matrix for a distance "u"

[tex]\left[ \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 0 \\ u & 1 \end{array} \right][/tex]

Multiplying these out, its obvious that it cannot be written in the required form. So far, does this look okay? I can't see anything immediately wrong with what I've done so far.

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# Matrix optics; simple lens system

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