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I am doing a practice exam for i have exams coming up soon. The problem is as follows :)

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An observer standing on the edge of the pool views a coin on the bottom of a swimming pool.

The observers eyes are 1.50 m above the pool and she sees the coin by looking at a point from 2m from where she is standing.

The refractive index of the pool water relative to air is 1.35 and the pool is 1.50 m deep.

(1) Find the angle of rarefaction.

(a diagram is attached)

2. Relevant equations

Well, basically, the answer sheet says that the angle is 90 - tan^{-1}(1.5/2)

But the 2m is the distance is from the person to the coin, not the person to the normal, is it not?

Can someone confirm to me that im either understanding the question incorrectly or the answer in the book is wrong?

Thanks,

Matt

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# Homework Help: Angle of rarefraction in a pool

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