# Ray Optics: Refraction and Lenses

## Refraction and Lenses: Audio Guided Solution

#### Problem 8:

The diagram at the right shows a ray of light traveling through air towards a thin layer of linseed oil (n = 1.50) resting on top of water (n=1.33). The light ray approaches the linseed oil at an angle of incidence of 48.2°.
a. Determine the angle of refraction at the air-linseed oil boundary.
b. Determine the angle of refraction at the linseed oil-water boundary.

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