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Answered 2009-06-20 09:03:25

Light changes direction when it goes from one medium to another for two reasons. One is because it is a wave and other is because the light travels different speeds in the two mediums.

Light travels the speed c in vacuum and it travels the slower speed 3/4c in water and even the slower speed 2/3c in glass.

When the lens is in air the difference in speed is 2/3c versus c. When it is in water the difference in speed is 2/3c versus 3/4c. The difference in speed is smaller when it is in water and so the light bends less. The light bending less corresponds to a longer focal length.

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