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Help~total internal reflection

  1. Jun 8, 2012 #1
    can anyone explain for me :)?
    I have no idea:(
     

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  3. Jun 8, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Which bit are you stuck on?
    You know how reflection works? You know Snell's Law?
    Or is it you don't know how adding water to the bottom makes the button reappear?
     
  4. Jun 9, 2012 #3
    Re Simon Bridge :
    I know how reflection works and the Snell's Law.Also total internal reflection
    But I don't know why adding water to the bottom makes the button reappear
     
  5. Jun 9, 2012 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    TIR depends on the ratio of the refractive indexes ... what happens to the refractive index when you add the water?
     
  6. Jun 9, 2012 #5
    increases?
     
  7. Jun 9, 2012 #6

    Simon Bridge

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    You can tell more than that. What happens to the ratio of the refractive indexes and what does that mean for the critical angle for TIR?

    You need to draw a ray diagram of what is happening in the TIR case, and then repeat for if there is water under the beaker.

    There are also youtube demos.
     
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