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Problem: A tiny insect is trapped 1.0 mm from the center of a spherical dewdrop 4.0 mm in diameter.As you look straight into the drop, what is the insect's apparent distance from the drop's surface?Express your answer using two significant figures. Answer is in mm.

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Refraction at curved surfaces expression:

η2si+η1so=η2-η1R

Take the observer to be in the positive direction.

η2 = ηair = 1

η1 = ηwater = 1.33

so = -1.00 mm

r = -(d/2) = -(4.00/2) = -2.00 mm

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A tiny insect is trapped 1.0 mm from the center of a spherical dewdrop 4.0 mm in diameter.

As you look straight into the drop, what is the insect's apparent distance from the drop's surface?

Express your answer using two significant figures. Answer is in mm.

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