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Electric and magnetic fields in many materials can be analyzed using the same relationships as for fields in vacuum, only substituting relative values of the permittivity and the permeability, ε = κε0 and μ = κmμ0, for their vacuum values, where κ is the dielectric constant and κm the relative permeability of the material. Calculate the ratio of the speed of electromagnetic waves in vacuum to their speed in such a material. (Use the following as necessary: κ, κm, ε0, and μ0.)

3. The attempt at a solution

c= sqrt(epsilon0*mu0)

and by analogy,

v= sqrt(/epsilon/mu)

So,

c/v = 1 / sqrt ( kappa * kappa m)

would the c = 1/ sqrt( epsilon0*mu0)

that would give me 1/(epsilon*mu0)

either of them are wrong..

any hint?

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# Homework Help: Calculate the ratio of the speed of electromagnetic waves in vacuum to their speed in

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