Mon February 18, 2013 By:

what is refractive index of medium? sir please explain me briefly with examples.I always get confused in questions related to the refractive index,please give me tips about this.

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Mon February 18, 2013
refractive index is the ratio of speed of light in free space to speed of light in that medium.
According to Snell's law, for a light passing form one medium making an angle of incidence i with the normal of that medium, to another medium refracting at an angle of r
then refractive index of that medium to the first medium is then given as:
sin i / sin r
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