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[College Physics II: Waves/Optics] Index of Refraction

  1. Nov 23, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A solid glass cube with edge length of 10.0 mm and index of refraction n=1.75 has a small, dark spot dead center of the cube. Find the minimum radius of black paper circles that could be pasted at the center of each cube face to prevent the center spot from being seen, no matter what the direction of viewing.
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    2. Relevant equations
    Snell's Law (maybe?)
    n1/n2=sin(θ2)/sin(θ1)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm really confused where to even start. A hint in the right direction is all I'm hoping for. Thank you for your time.
     
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  3. Nov 23, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Hint: total internal reflection.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2014 #3
    I was able to figure it out. Thank you!
     
  5. Nov 24, 2014 #4

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    Well done and no worries :)
     
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