Explain the term ‘refraction’ . State the laws of refraction. Write the refractive index of benzene and diamond.

Explain the term ‘refraction’ . State the laws of refraction. Write the refractive index of benzene and diamond. 

Definition: The phenomenon of change in the direction of light when it passes from one transparent medium to another is called refraction.

The laws of refraction can be stated as follows:

(a) The incident ray and the refracted ray are on the opposite sides of the normal at the point of incidence and all three lie in the same plane.

(b) For a given pair of media, the ratio of the sine of the angle of incidence to the sine of the angle of refraction is constant.

i.e. sin i / sin r = constant

Where, i = angle of incidence,
r = angle of refraction.

(c) Refractive index of benzene = 1.52

And, refractive index of diamond = 2.42