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Light Reflection/Refraction-

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by texan2414, Sep 19, 2014.

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  1. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    We know that whenever light hits a surface, some light is refracted into the medium and some is reflected back.

    My question is for both the reflected and refracted light rays, which of the following parameters change:
    - frequency.
    - wavelength.
    - wave speed.
    - all.
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  3. justadream

    justadream 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2011
    I may be incorrect but I think it is:

    Reflected: None
    Refracted: If the "n" (index of refraction) changes, then speed changes. Frequency is CONSTANT. Thus, wavelength must change.
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  4. texan2414

    texan2414 2+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Thanks justadream,

    I knew about the refracted rays but not sure about reflected one myself.

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