Ray Optics: Refraction and Lenses
Refraction and Lenses: Audio Guided Solution
During a demonstration of fiber optics, Mr. H uses an acrylic light pipe
to demonstrate total internal reflection for light as it navigates its way through a curved medium, entering at one end and exitting at the other with very little loss of light along the way.
a. If the acrylic has an index of refraction of 1.48, then determine its critical angle when surrounded by air.
b. Determine the critical angle of the acrylic light pipe when surrounded by water (n=1.33).
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