# Refraction Question

1. Oct 24, 2009

### KBriggs

Hey,
this is just an exercise in my text book. I think I have the solution, but I would just like for someone to verify my answer.

A coin rests on the bottom of a tank of water 1m deep, with a 20cm layer of benzene on top of the water. n for water is 1.33, for benzene it is 1.5. Find the apparent depth of the coin views from normal incidence in air above the benzene.

What I did was I split it up - I assumed an observer in the benzene, and proved that the ratio of apparent depth to real depth was:

$$\frac{d'}{d} = \frac{n_b}{n_w}=>d' = 1.128m$$ for an observer in benzene at the b-w interface looking down through water.

Then I treated the problem as though the whole tank was benzene and the object was at a depth 0f 0.2 + 1.128m. The analysis was the same, with the result of d'' = 0.885m.

Can someone verify these numbers for me?

Thanks :)

2. Oct 24, 2009