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Chapter 17: Reflection and Refraction

Practice Test
      
  1.How is information carried in an optical fiber?  
  a.   by sound  
  b.   by electrical impulses  
  c.   by different colors  
  d.   by light  
  Hint    
      
  2.A ray of light striking perpendicular to an optically dense surface will __________.  
  a.   reflect  
  b.   refract away from the normal  
  c.   remain straight  
  d.   refract toward the normal  
  Hint    
      
  3.Blue light, which is bent more than red light in a prism, has __________.  
  a.   a longer wavelength  
  b.   a faster speed  
  c.   a shorter wavelength  
  d.   a lower frequency  
  Hint    
      
  4.A light ray is traveling through an unknown material when it intersects ethanol (n = 1.36) at an incident angle of 62.0°. If the angle of refraction is 46.4°, what is the index of refraction of the unknown material?  
  a.   1.66  
  b.   2.00  
  c.   1.12  
  d.   0.985  
  Hint    
      
  5.What happens to light during total internal reflection?  
  a.   The angle of incidence is 0.  
  b.   The angle of incidence is greater than the critical angle.  
  c.   The angle of refraction is less than the critical angle.  
  d.   The angle of reflection is the same as the critical angle.  
  Hint    
      
  6.Through which medium is the speed of light the fastest?  
  a.   vacuum  
  b.   water  
  c.   air  
  d.   glass  
  Hint    
      
  7.A ray of sunlight travels through air and intersects the surface of water at a small incident angle. The ray is __________.  
  a.   refracted  
  b.   pure  
  c.   incident  
  d.   reflected  
  Hint    
      
  8.What is the purpose of cladding in an optical fiber?  
  a.   prevents scattering of light  
  b.   causes total internal reflection  
  c.   prevents reflection  
  d.   reduces refraction  
  Hint    
      
  9.How does light normally travel?  
  a.   in a curved line  
  b.   always toward a dark area  
  c.   in a straight line  
  d.   in concentric circles  
  Hint    
      
  10.In relation to a rainbow that you are looking at, where is the Sun?  
  a.   in front of you  
  b.   in the center of the rainbow  
  c.   behind you  
  d.   directly overhead  
  Hint    

 
   
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