Explain why a ray of light is shifted sideways when it passes through a rectangular prism. What properties of the prism determine how much the light ray is moved

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Explain why a ray of light is shifted sideways when it passes through a rectangular prism. What properties of the prism determine how much the light ray is moved

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prism#Prisms_and_the_nature_of_light
its actually the structure of the prism that determines the divesion of the light.. lets say the lattce structure/molecuolar arragement or impurities (rarely)
The shape and dispersion of the glass.

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for macroscopic optics all what @harishk said is contained in the index of refraction of the material of which the prism is made

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