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What path does light take as it travels through the microscope?


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2009-10-29 21:15:38
2009-10-29 21:15:38

For a compound microscope iss; light source, diaphragm, stage, (slide), objective lens, body, eyepiece, eye.

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correct traces of the path of light thought the compound microscope

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Microscopes uses the same trick as refracting telescopes. They bend the light as it travels through the glass. In a microscope, the idea is to bend diverging lights into a parallel path, then focus that path into a light beam creating a spread out yet zoomed in image of what is on the microscope slide.

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Gravity has no direct effect on light. Gravity bends space. Light travels through space at what would be observed to be a straight line if you observe the path from either end. but if the space through which the light travels is bent, then from the side the light will appear to travel a bent path.

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Light always takes the shortest path possible through any medium. As such, when it travels through a vacuum, it travels in a straight line (no refraction). When it travels through the air, the molecules in the air scatter it very slightly, causing some diffusion and refraction, depending on the composition of the air through which it passes. When it travels through water, the shortest path through that medium is not a straight, collinear line from the point of incidence...it is actually offset by a small angle (the angle of refraction). The bent path that light takes through water or another substance is actually the shortest path available to it through that medium.

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When reflecting through objects like optic fibers path is zigzag.


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