Reflection and Refraction

reflection and refraction with light 

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  • Created on: 06-03-13 12:14


  • When a wave hits a boundary between to different mediums some of its energy is reflected.- why you can see your reflection in a puddle.
  • The angle of reflection is the same as the angle of incidence
  • The light is reflected because of the change in density - water is denser than air. Whenever a wave hits a medium with a different density some of the wave is reflected  at the boundary.- This is how ultrasound scanning works: different body tissues have different densities.(
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  • waves travel at different speeds in different densities. EM waves travel more slowly in denser media (usually) 
  • when a wave hits a boundary from glass to air it changes speed. If a wave hits a boundary straight on it doesnt change direction but at an angle and the wave is refracted. The light bends toward the normal as it enters and away as it leaves.
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