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Problem: The figure shows some light rays reflected from a small defect in the glass toward the surface of the glass.(a) If θc = 40.00°, what is the index of refraction of the glass?(b) Is there any point above the glass at which the viewer would not be able to see the defect? Explain.

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Critical angle:

θc=sin-1(η1η2)

(a)

Let the refractive index of air be η1 and the refractive index of the glass be η2

We know that the refractive index of air, η1 = ηa = 1

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The figure shows some light rays reflected from a small defect in the glass toward the surface of the glass.

(a) If θc = 40.00°, what is the index of refraction of the glass?

(b) Is there any point above the glass at which the viewer would not be able to see the defect? Explain.

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