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Homework Help: Refraction Index

  1. Mar 25, 2004 #1
    How do u figure out the ratio of the refraction index if you have to unknown materials, that of which, one is 1.25 greater than the speed of sound.
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2004 #2

    Doc Al

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    If you are asking about the optical index of refraction, could you please reword your question. You mention "speed of sound"--what's that got to do with it?
     
  4. Mar 26, 2004 #3

    HallsofIvy

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    What is the DEFINITION of "refraction index"?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2004 #4
    Well to figure out the refraction index the formula is liek n= c/v. Therefore knowing the speed of sound is important. I'm just baffled as to how to get that ratio.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2004 #5

    Doc Al

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    You realize, I hope, that the speeds referred to in that equation for index of refraction are speeds of light, not sound!
     
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