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Section 35.6

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The law of reflection can be derived from Huygens’s principle.

AB is a plane wave front of incident light.

The wave at A sends out a wavelet centered on A toward D.

The wave at B sends out a wavelet centered on B toward C.

AD = BC = c Δt

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Triangle ABC is congruent to triangle ADC.

cos g = BC / AC

cos g’ = AD / AC

Therefore, cos g = cos g’ and g = g’

This gives θ1 = θ1’

This is the law of reflection.

Section 35.6

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Ray 1 strikes the surface and at a time interval Δt later, ray 2 strikes the surface.

During this time interval, the wave at A sends out a wavelet, centered at A, toward D.

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The wave at B sends out a wavelet, centered at B, toward C.

The two wavelets travel in different media, therefore their radii are different.

From triangles ABC and ADC, we find

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The preceding equation can be simplified to

This is Snell’s law of refraction.

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For a given material, the index of refraction varies with the wavelength of the light passing through the material.

This dependence of n on λ is called dispersion.

Snell’s law indicates light of different wavelengths is bent at different angles when incident on a refracting material.

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The index of refraction for a material generally decreases with increasing wavelength.

Violet light bends more than red light when passing into a refracting material.

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Since all the colors have different angles of deviation, white light will spread out into a spectrum.

Violet deviates the most.

Red deviates the least.

The remaining colors are in between.

Section 35.7

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- Introduction to Light
- Light and Optics
- The Nature of Light
- Nature of Light – Alternative View
- Christian Huygens
- Confirmation of Wave Nature
- Particle Nature
- Dual Nature of Light
- Measurements of the Speed of Light
- Measurement of the Speed of Light – Roemer’s Method
- Roemer’s Method, cont.
- Measurements of the Speed of Light – Fizeau’s Method
- Fizeau’s Method, cont.
- The Ray Approximation in Ray Optics
- Ray Approximation
- Ray Approximation, cont.
- Reflection of Light
- Specular Reflection
- Diffuse Reflection
- Law of Reflection
- Law of Reflection, cont.
- Multiple Reflections
- Retroreflection
- Refraction of Light
- Refraction, cont.
- Refraction of Light, final
- Following the Reflected and Refracted Rays
- Refraction Details, 1
- Refraction Details, 2
- Light in a Medium
- The Index of Refraction
- Index of Refraction, cont.
- Frequency Between Media
- Index of Refraction Extended
- More About Index of Refraction
- Snell’s Law of Refraction
- Prism
- Huygens’s Principle
- Huygens’s Construction for a Plane Wave
- Huygens’s Construction for a Spherical Wave
- Huygens’s Principle and the Law of Reflection
- Huygens’s Principle and the Law of Reflection, cont.
- Huygens’s Principle and the Law of Refraction
- Huygens’s Principle and the Law of Refraction, cont.
- Huygens’s Principle and the Law of Refraction, final
- Dispersion
- Variation of Index of Refraction with Wavelength
- Refraction in a Prism
- The Rainbow
- The Rainbow, cont.
- Observing the Rainbow
- Double Rainbow
- Total Internal Reflection
- Possible Beam Directions
- Critical Angle
- Critical Angle, cont.
- Fiber Optics
- Construction of an Optical Fiber
- Fiber Optics, cont.

- Madame Marie Curie
- Soil and Plant Nutrition
- Newton’s Law of Gravity
- History of Modern Astronomy
- The Effects of Radiation on Living Things
- Sensory and Motor Mechanisms
- Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions

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