Define Refractive Index


by Astar
Tags: refraction, refractive index, snells law
Astar
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Apr9-10, 04:54 AM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Define refractive index in terms of changes in the velocity of a wave in passing from one medium to another.

2. Relevant equations



3. The attempt at a solution

Would I be right in saying that in terms of the question above, refractive index is the constant found between the velocity of a wave in one medium, divided by the velocity of that same wave in another medium that it is traveling into.

I just wanted to make sure as this is a syllabus question for my exams... thanks for any help.
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rl.bhat
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Apr9-10, 05:42 AM
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You are right.


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