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Homework Help: Refractive index question

  1. Oct 11, 2004 #1
    Light ray goes into a container at 70 degrees, the container is made of perspects. The refective index of perspex is 1.48.

    What are the angles of refraction in (i) the water; (ii) the plastic, (iii) the air below the tank.

    I cant work it out, the answer to the first bit is 26 degrees, i know that for sure, thanks....
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  3. Oct 11, 2004 #2
    Please show us what you have done so far and where you are stuck.
  4. Oct 11, 2004 #3
    ok using snells law, n (refractive index) = sin i / sin r, i have worked out the first one which equals

    sin 20 / 1.33 = sin r (the refractive index is 1.33 for water)

    = 26 degrees

    next i need to find the refractive index of the perspects which is 1.48, done!
    the hint for the question is " You need to work out the refractive index when light goes from water to plastic – just imagine a thin layer of air between them."

    hum, i thought, i tryed all different ways of doing it with out any joy, so im stuck, confused and irritated.
  5. Oct 11, 2004 #4
    Please note that the container is made of perspects, filled with water. The orginal ray of light came into the water at 70 degrees and i have worked out that the refraction of the light ray is 26 degrees. Just need to find the other two parts to the question...
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