# Wave Model of Light - Worksheet 2 Reflection and Refraction with

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Wave Model of Light - Worksheet 2
Reflection and Refraction with Wavefront Diagrams
Part A: Reflection
1. The incident ray is shown.
Showing reflection,
supply the normal, the
missing wavefront(s) and
ray(s).
2. The reflected wave fronts are
shown. Showing reflection,
supply the normal, the missing
wavefront(s) and ray(s).
Part B: Refraction
3. 1. Below are monochromatic light rays traveling through three substances A, B, and C.
A
A
B
B
C
C
a. Rank the speed of light in each of the materials from fastest to slowest.
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2nd
3rd
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b. Rank the index of refraction of each of the materials from highest to lowest.
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2nd
3rd
1st
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c. Rank the wavelength of the light in each of the materials from longest to shortest.
1st
2nd
3rd
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2nd
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d. Rank the frequency of the light in each of the materials from highest to lowest.
1st
2nd
3rd
1st
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4. The incident wave fronts
are shown. Showing
refraction, supply the
normal, the missing
wavefront(s) and ray(s).
5. The refracted ray is shown. Showing refraction, supply the normal, the missing wavefront(s) and
ray(s).
Air: 1.00
Water 1.33
Alcohol 1.36
Crown glass
Flint glass
Diamond
1.52
1.61
2.42
speed of light in a vacuum: 3.0x108m/s
6. What is the speed of light in diamond?
7. Dinah Might wants to hide a piece of crown glass, and finds a chemical in which the speed of
light is 1.97x108 m/s. Will this chemical work?
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8. The wavelength of red light in air is 6.0x10-7m and in an unknown chemical it is 3.76x10-7m.
a. What is the index of refraction of the chemical?
b. What is the frequency of the light in the air and in the chemical?
Part C: Reflection and Refraction
9. The incident ray is shown. Showing reflection and refraction, supply the normal, the missing
wavefront(s) and rays.
slow
fast
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10. The reflected ray is shown. Showing reflection and refraction, supply the normal, the missing
wavefront(s) and rays.
fast
slow
11. Certain relationships should clearly show in all of your wavefront diagrams.
a. How does the incident frequency compare to the reflected frequency? How do you know?
b. How does the incident wavelength compare to the reflected wavelength? How do you know?
c. How does the incident wavespeed compare to the reflected wavespeed? How do you know?
d. How does the incident frequency compare to the refracted frequency? How do you know?
e. How does the incident wavelength compare to the refracted wavelength? How do you know?
f. How does the incident wavespeed compare to the refracted wavespeed? How do you know?
12. How would you set up a demonstration in a ripple tank to show total internal reflection? Sketch
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