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Refraction through a thin lens

  1. Oct 14, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A lens is a transparent refracting medium bounded by two spherical surfaces.R1 and R2 are radii of two surfaces.

    2. Relevant equations

    Will the Radii R1 and R2 will be same or different ?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I hope that they are same, otherwise there wont be symmetry. Still doubts lingers. Revered members can help.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Oct 14, 2011 #2

    NascentOxygen

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    Why would you see symmetry as being important, in a lens? How could you go about determining what would be the effect if the radii were not identical?
     
  4. Oct 14, 2011 #3
    Ok, symmetry is not important. Agreed. So, radii of two spherical surfaces that constitute a lens can be different. Am I right?
     
  5. Oct 14, 2011 #4

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