is the refraction of light essentially a surface phenomenon?

Asked by  | 11th Mar, 2012, 01:05: PM

Expert Answer:

A phenomenon that takes place on or near the surface of a substance is a surface phenomenon.
Yes, refraction is also a surface phenomenon as bending of light takes place at the interface seperating two media i.e. at the surface. For example, when we put a pencil in a glass full of water, it appears bent near the surface of water due to refraction. 

Answered by  | 11th Mar, 2012, 01:26: PM

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