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Homework Help: Polarization of Sky and Clouds

  1. Apr 12, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the angle ϕ between the filter's polarizing axis and the direction of polarization of light necessary to increase the ratio of the clouds' intensity to that of the blue sky so that it is three times the normal value.
    Express your answer in degrees to four significant figures.

    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    following some hints they gave for this problem I got to Ratio of

    from that I need to find ø but I do not know where to go
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  3. Apr 12, 2014 #2


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    In this equation, can you identify the initial ratio "cloud intensity / blue sky intensity"? You can assign a new variable to it (R, for example).
    Can you identify the new ratio "cloud intensity / blue sky intensity"? Call it R'.

    Can you find some relation between R and R' based on the problem statement? This will help to solve the equation for ø.

    You don't need those new variables, but they make it easier to understand what is going on.
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