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Homework Help: Refractive Index

  1. Jul 20, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This is from a old exam

    Humid air has a different refractive index than dry air: in the microwave region n'(dry) > n'(humid) and n''(dry) < n''(humid), where n' and n'' denote the real and imaginary part of the refractive index, respectively. How are the effects asked for above different (qualitatively) on dry and humid days ?

    2. Relevant equations

    n =c/v

    3. The attempt at a solution

    What are they asking for ? It is how the < changes during dry/humid days ?
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  3. Jul 20, 2016 #2
    It is asking for a qualitative answer. It is not asking for any solution to be worked out, but what does the real and imaginary parts mean. Hint: Read about the complex refractive index in the wikipedia article on refractive index.

  4. Jul 24, 2016 #3

    rude man

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    What ARE they asking for? The problem states "... the effects asked for above ..." so there must have been something "above"?
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