Total internal reflection will only occur if a light wave travels from an optically dense medium to a less optically dense medium.
Please explain the following in detail:
Can light undergo total internal reflection at a smooth interface between air and water? Yes or No
If so, in which medium must it be traveling originally? air, water, or both
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