Ray Optics: Refraction and Lenses
Refraction and Lenses: Audio Guided Solution
In a physics lab, Anna Litical is studying the path of red laser light through a equiangular glass prism (n = 1.52). She observes that the light enters one face of the glass prism (boundary 1), refracts and then exits a second face of the glass prism (boundary 2). In her usual inquisitive manner, she ponders the question "I wonder if I could find an angle of approach to boundary 1 which would cause the light to undergo total internal reflection at boundary 2?" Calculate the angle of incidence at boundary 1 which would cause this total internal reflection at boundary 2.
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