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Homework Help: AS Physics help

  1. Jan 28, 2007 #1

    I'm really stuck on the following question. I think that I have got part a alright, but I've no idea what to do for part b. Any help would be really appreciated.

    The refractive index of glass is 1.643 for blue light, and 1.618 for red.

    (a) Calculate the difference in the speed of light in the glass for the two colours.

    Okay, for this one I got that if n = C/V, for blue light V = 1.83 x 10^8 and for red light V = 1.85 x 10 ^8. Therefore, the difference is 2 x 10^6 m.s^1.

    (b) If a very short pulse of white light is sent in a one end of an optical fibre made of this glass of length 1 km, find the time interval between the arrival at the other end of the red and blue light.

    Thank you.

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  3. Jan 28, 2007 #2

    Chi Meson

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    Go back to what was probably the very first fourmula you used in physics: d=vt.
  4. Jan 28, 2007 #3
    Oh, yeah! Thanks so much for your help! :smile:

  5. Jan 28, 2007 #4
    I also had no idea how to work out the next question and would really appreciate it if someone could please help me out.

    A diver working in water has a lamp which is 3 m below the surface. Viewed from above, the lamp produces a circle of light on the surface of the water. What is the diameter of the circle?

    Thanks again.

    Last edited: Jan 28, 2007
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