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Optics reflection/refraction problem

  1. Apr 26, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The 80 cm tall, 65 cm wide tank shown in the figure is completely filled with water (n=1.33). The tank has marks every 10 cm along one wall, and the 0 cm mark is barely submerged. As you stand beside the opposite wall, your eye is level with the top of the water.

    a.) Can you see the marks from the top of the tank (the 0cm mark) going down, or from the bottom of the tank (the 80cm mark) coming up? Explain

    b.) Which is the lowest or highest mark, depending on the your answer to part a, that you can see?

    2. Relevant equations

    I'm not sure what equations are relevant. maybe snell's law? n1sin[tex]\vartheta[/tex]2=n2sin[tex]\vartheta[/tex]2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm really not sure where to even start.

    ** drawing is attached.

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  3. Apr 26, 2010 #2
    Re: optics/reflection/refraction.

    Sketch the rays coming form the marks to your eye.
  4. Apr 27, 2010 #3
    Re: optics/reflection/refraction.

    He's looking for a mathematical answer, not just a drawing. Any ideas on how to do that?
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