Ray Optics: Refraction and Lenses
Refraction and Lenses: Audio Guided Solution
In a physics lab, Jerome and Gavin are assigned the task of determining the critical angle of solid, transparent prism using laser light. When surrounded by air, light is observed to undergo total internal reflection when the angle of incidence is as low as 38°. Calculate the index of refraction of the material which the prism is made of.
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- Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
- Identify the known and unknown quantities and record them in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., do = 24,8 cm; di = 16.7 cm; f = ???.
- Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
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