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Chapter 25 | Geometric Optics Problems & Exercises 25.1 The Ray Aspect of Light 1. Suppose a man stands in front of a mirror as shown in Figure 25.50. His eyes are 1.65 m above the floor, and the top of his head is 0.13 m higher. Find the height above the floor of the top and bottom of the smallest mirror in which he can see both the top of his head and his feet. How is this distance related to the manâs height? Figure 25.52 A flat mirror neither converges nor diverges light rays. Two rays continue to diverge at the same angle after reflection. 25.3 The Law of Refraction 5. What is the speed of light in water? In glycerine? 6. What is the speed of light in air? In crown glass? 7. Calculate the index of refraction for a medium in which the 8 speed of light is 2.012Ã10 m/s , and identify the most likely substance based on Table 25.1. 8. In what substance in Table 25.1 is the speed of light 2.290Ã10 8 m/s ? Figure 25.50 A full-length mirror is one in which you can see all of yourself. It need not be as big as you, and its size is independent of your distance from it. 25.2 The Law of Reflection 2. Show that when light reflects from two mirrors that meet each other at a right angle, the outgoing ray is parallel to the incoming ray, as illustrated in the following figure. 9. There was a major collision of an asteroid with the Moon in medieval times. It was described by monks at Canterbury Cathedral in England as a red glow on and around the Moon. How long after the asteroid hit the Moon, which is 3.84Ã10 5 km away, would the light first arrive on Earth? 10. A scuba diver training in a pool looks at his instructor as shown in Figure 25.53. What angle does the ray from the instructorâs face make with the perpendicular to the water at the point where the ray enters? The angle between the ray in the water and the perpendicular to the water is 25.0Âº . Figure 25.51 A corner reflector sends the reflected ray back in a direction parallel to the incident ray, independent of incoming direction. 3. Light shows staged with lasers use moving mirrors to swing beams and create colorful effects. Show that a light ray reflected from a mirror changes direction by 2Î¸ when the mirror is rotated by an angle Î¸. Figure 25.53 A scuba diver in a pool and his trainer look at each other. 4. A flat mirror is neither converging nor diverging. To prove this, consider two rays originating from the same point and diverging at an angle Î¸ . Show that after striking a plane mirror, the angle between their directions remains Î¸. 11. Components of some computers communicate with each other through optical fibers having an index of refraction n = 1.55 . What time in nanoseconds is required for a signal to travel 0.200 m through such a fiber? 172

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