# Homework Help: Find index of refraction

1. Feb 13, 2013

### cjhockey35

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A beam of light travels through air (n= 1.0003) and strikes an unknown material at an angle of 50.0 degrees. The new angle of refraction is 25.0 degrees. What is the index of refraction of this material?

2. Relevant equations

sin$\theta$2 / sin$\theta$1 = n1/n2

3. The attempt at a solution

sin(25)/sin(50) = 1.0003/n2

.504 = 1.0003/n2

.504= n2

---It is multiple choice test and my answer isnt any of the options. The options are

A) .709
B) .643
C) 1.20
D) 1.81

2. Feb 13, 2013

Re: High School Physics Help. Urgent!!!

Try writing sin(θ1)/sin(θ2) = n1/n2 as an equation where n2 = n1 / ... . Then plug in your variables all at once and compute (you may be loosing accuracy by not capturing enough digits).

Edit: Also, remember radians = degrees * 180 / $\pi$.

Alex

3. Feb 14, 2013

### ap123

Re: High School Physics Help. Urgent!!!

The equation you're using is the correct one.