When speed passes from one medium wave to another what happens?
it changes in velocity
What happens to the speed of light when it passes through a transparent medium such as glass or water?
the speed of light slows in water /\ This bending is known to be the phenomenon of refraction. It is due to the change in speed of the light wave as it traverses from one medium into another medium. The speed of light in air is more than that in the water medium. So obliquely incident ray of light would bend towards the normal when it passes from air into water. Same way as it…
What happens to the incident ray as light passes from an optically less dense medium to an optically denser one?
Light incident upon a pane of glass shows down in passing through the glass. Does it emerge at a slower speed or at its initial speed?
The speed of light depends on the electrical characteristics of whatever medium it happens to be in at that instant. It has one speed in vacuum, another speed in air, another in glass, another in water, and yet another speed in jello. When passing from a more-optically-dense medium to one where its speed is higher, it doesn't need a stomp on the gas to 'accelerate' to the higher speed.
It speeds up. Air and water are both media (plural form of medium). Each one of them has a different speed of light. As the incident ray passes from air to water, it refracts to be closer to the normal. A refraction occurs when there is a change in the speed of light. A change in the speed of light occurs when there is a change in media. In this case the media is changed…
It's either absorbed, reflected or refracted by the material, or any combination of the three. Refraction happens in transparent materials like glass, the speed and possibly direction of the light may be altered. Light travelling through glass, water or diamond for example, will travel slightly slower.
Short Answer: When light travels from one medium to another, the speed changes according to the index of refraction. Explanation: The speed of light is different in each different medium. Only in a vacuum does it reach its natural speed of 300,000 kilometers/second. We assign the speed of light in a vacuum the letter c. c=300,000 kilometers/second. Every medium which transmits light is characterized by a quantity called the index of refraction. We assign the…