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Homework Help: Refraction Question

  1. Oct 24, 2009 #1
    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:

    [tex]\frac{d'}{d} = \frac{n_b}{n_w}=>d' = 1.128m[/tex] 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 :)
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  3. Oct 24, 2009 #2

    Doc Al

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    Your method and answer look good to me.
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