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# Refractive Index Quiz

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### What is the primary purpose of the refractive index in optics?

To describe the amount of refraction caused by a medium

### What is the speed of light in a vacuum used for in the formula for refractive index?

To find the refractive index of a medium

### If the refractive index of medium 1 is 1.5 and the refractive index of medium 2 is 1.3, what can be said about the speed of light in these media?

The speed of light is slower in medium 1

### What is the critical angle in total internal reflection?

<p>The angle of incidence that causes total internal reflection</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the physical phenomenon described by Snell's Law?

<p>Refraction of light as it passes from one medium to another</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the refractive index of a medium if the speed of light in the medium is 2.0 x 10^8 m/s?

<p>1.67</p> Signup and view all the answers

## Study Notes

### Refractive Index

#### Definition

• The refractive index (n) is a measure of how much a light beam is bent when it passes from one medium to another.
• It is a dimensionless quantity that describes the amount of refraction caused by a medium.

#### Formula

• n = c / v
• n: refractive index
• c: speed of light in vacuum (approximately 3 x 10^8 m/s)
• v: speed of light in the medium

#### Refractive Indices of Common Materials

• Air: 1.00
• Water: 1.33
• Glass: 1.50 - 1.90
• Diamond: 2.42

#### Snell's Law

• Describes the refraction of light as it passes from one medium to another
• n1 sin(θ1) = n2 sin(θ2)
• n1 and n2: refractive indices of the two media
• θ1 and θ2: angles of incidence and refraction, respectively

#### Total Internal Reflection

• Occurs when light travels from a medium with a higher refractive index to a medium with a lower refractive index
• If the angle of incidence is greater than a certain critical angle, the light is completely reflected back into the first medium
• Critical angle (θc): sin(θc) = n2 / n1

### Refractive Index

#### Definition and Formula

• Refractive index (n) measures how much a light beam is bent when passing from one medium to another.
• It's a dimensionless quantity describing the refraction caused by a medium.
• n = c / v, where c is the speed of light in vacuum ( approximately 3 x 10^8 m/s) and v is the speed of light in the medium.

### Refractive Indices of Common Materials

• Air: 1.00
• Water: 1.33
• Glass: 1.50 - 1.90
• Diamond: 2.42

### Snell's Law and Refraction

• Describes the refraction of light as it passes from one medium to another.
• n1 sin(θ1) = n2 sin(θ2), where n1 and n2 are refractive indices and θ1 and θ2 are angles of incidence and refraction.

### Total Internal Reflection

• Occurs when light travels from a medium with a higher refractive index to a medium with a lower refractive index.
• If the angle of incidence is greater than the critical angle, the light is completely reflected back into the first medium.
• Critical angle (θc): sin(θc) = n2 / n1.

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## Description

This quiz covers the concept of refractive index, its definition, formula, and refractive indices of common materials such as air, water, glass, and diamond.

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