# Critical Angle Problem

## Homework Statement

The critical angle for a special glass in air is 44 degrees. What is the critical angle if the glass is immersed in water?

## Homework Equations

sin(critical angle) = 1/index of refraction

index of refraction of air is 1.00
index of refraction of water is 1.333

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no clue where to start that's the problem :S.

Just for reference, the textbook answer is 68 degrees.

Thanks.

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sin(critical angle) = 1/index of refraction
Hint: That's only true if the surrounding medium has n = 1. (How is the critical angle formula derived?)

Ah, Snell's Law where $$\theta_2$$ = $$90^\circ$$.

Thanks.

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Have you tried using the eqaution n1sinQ=n2sinQ
by the way the one is just saying its the first refractive index, and the Q is theta.
Maybe you could try this eqaution.
Thanks I hope that helps... ## Homework Statement

The critical angle for a special glass in air is 44 degrees. What is the critical angle if the glass is immersed in water?

## Homework Equations

sin(critical angle) = 1/index of refraction

index of refraction of air is 1.00
index of refraction of water is 1.333

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have no clue where to start that's the problem :S.

Just for reference, the textbook answer is 68 degrees.

Thanks.