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Homework Help: Refraction Problem, Help please

  1. Apr 18, 2006 #1
    A cylindrical opaque drinking glass has a diameter of 4.7 cm and a hieght h. An observer's eye is placed to where they are just barely looking over the rim of the glass. When the glass is empty, the observer can just barely see the edge of the bottom of the glass. When the glass is filled to be brim, the observer can just barely see the center of the bottom of the glass. The liquid in teh glass has an index of refraction of 1.29. Calculate the angle at which the observer is looking into the glass.

    I could use Snell's law if I could figure out one of the angles in the equation. I am not sure on how to start this problem. Does anyone have an idea on how to obtain one of the angles from the information given. I know it has to be something simple that I am not thinking of.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2006
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 18, 2006 #2
    never mind
    found a way

    thanks anyways guys!

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