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Homework Help: Apparent depth equation proving

  1. Nov 9, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a fish at a depth d underwater.Takes the index of refraction of water as 4/3 show that when the fish is viewed at an angle of refraction θ , the apparent depth z of the fish is
    z = (3d cosθ )/ √ (7 + 9 cos2 θ)

    2. Relevant equations
    snell's law
    n1 x sin θ1 = n2 x sin θ2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    (nwater) (sin θ) = (nair) (sin r) ->
    since nair is 1
    (nwater) (sin θ) = sin r --- square both side
    (n2water) (sin2 θ) = (sin r)
    (n2) (sin2 θ) = (x2) / (x2 + z2)
    1/((n2)(sin2θ)) = (x2 + z2)/(x2)
    1 + (z2/x2) = 1/((n2)(sin2θ))
    z2/x2 =(1-n2*sin2θ)/(n2*sin2θ)

    --subtitute x with d tanθ ,give me--
    z2 = (d2) ((1- n2*sin2θ)/(n2*cos2θ))
    using 1 = sin2θ + cos2θ identity, give me
    z2 = (d^2)((1+ n2*cos2θ - n2)/(n2 * cos2θ))

    im stuck here , this result in
    z2 = d2((16cos2θ - 7)/(16cos2θ))

    i think it's a little bit more , but im stuck here

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  3. Nov 9, 2015 #2
    Your began the wrong way first look for the relationship between R and A. Start by looking at x/R and x/a
  4. Nov 9, 2015 #3
    Sorry ,i don't get what you mean. Can you explain it to me ?
  5. Nov 9, 2015 #4
    determine the relationships between the ratios x/R and x/A to the angles i and r and then to the index of refraction..
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