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Homework Help: Solving simultaneous equations

  1. Nov 22, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A uniaxial crystal of indices n0 and ne is cut so that the optic axis is
    perpendicular to the surface. Show that for light from the outside at
    an angle of incidence θi, the angle of refraction of the e-ray is


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    I solved for ne by dividing both sides of the third equation by what appears to be an ellipse equation and taking the square root of both sides, then plugging it in into Snell's law (the second equation). It's become ugly and confusing, though. Help is appreciated.
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  3. Nov 22, 2013 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    What is θ, that you have in your 2nd and 3rd equations (along with θi and θe)?

    Your first equation should be using the lower-case forms of θi and θe, rather than the upper-case forms (##\Theta_i## and ##\Theta_e##). That could be confusing to some.
  4. Nov 22, 2013 #3
    Sorry about that... I screenshotted it straight from our PDF textbook. I believe θ = θe.
  5. Nov 23, 2013 #4
    I solved it, thanks anyway.
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