Wavelength, Frequency, & Speed of Light in Different Media

1. Nov 5, 2008

jcvince17

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A beam of light from a monochromatic laser shines into a piece of glass. The glass has thickness L and index of refraction n=1.5. The wavelength of the laser light in vacuum is L/10 and its frequency is f. In this problem, neither the constant c nor its numerical value should appear in any of your answers

How long does it take for a short pulse of light to travel from one end of the glass to the other?
Express your answer in terms of some or all of the variables f and L. Use the numeric value given for in the introduction.

2. Relevant equations

c = $$\lambda$$ * f
f = 1/t
n = c/v

3. The attempt at a solution

t = 15/f

i know this answer is correct, but I still cannot come up with how the correct answer was derived.
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Last edited: Nov 5, 2008
2. Nov 5, 2008

mgb_phys

The speed in the glass is c/n = c/1.5
The time through the glass is distance/speed = L / (c/1.5)
Since you know c = $$\lambda$$ * f, you simple have to rearrange the equation subsituting for c.

3. Nov 5, 2008

jcvince17

thanks you. i will begin working out the substitution.

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