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# What happens when light passes through one medium to another?

Updated: 9/17/2023

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### What happens when light scatters?

It is redirected as it passes through a medium.

### What happens to light when it scatters?

It is redirected as it passes through a medium

### When speed passes from one medium wave to another what happens?

it changes in velocity

### What passes through a medium?

energy is independent of medium it passes through?

### What happens to the direction of a light wave when it passes from a less dense medium such as air into a more medium such as glass?

The light bends when it passes from one medium to another. But only if it approaches the interface at an angle. In such a case it will still travel slower, but there will be no apparent bending.

### What happens to the direction of light wave when it passes from less dense medium such as air into a more dense medium such as glass?

The light bends when it passes from one medium to another. But only if it approaches the interface at an angle. In such a case it will still travel slower, but there will be no apparent bending.

### When the light passes through the second medium what happens to the wave that causes the light to bend?

When light passes through a second medium with different refractive index as the first medium, its velocity will decrease or increase depending on its wavelength and the difference in refractive index of the two media. This causes the 'bending' of light as each of its components try to travel through the second medium at different velocities.

It bends.

it refracts

### What will scatter the color of light?

The medium through which it passes

### How are sound waves are affected by their frequency and the medium through which the sound wave passes?

The wavelength is equal to the local velocity of sound divided by the frequency, As with light, there can be refraction when sound passes from one medium to another with a different sound velocity.

### When a light ray passes from one mediumto another at an angle?

when a light ray passes from one medium to another at an angle