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Sneel's glass of water: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snell_water_glass

The image to the left shows several different optical effects including reflection, refraction, and image formation.

  • Through how many different media does the light from the steel rod travel before it enters your eye? 
  • Define diffuse reflection, and tell what its role is human vision.  Define speculator reflection and point out an example of speculator reflection in the graphic.
  • In what ways is the image of the rod distorted by the water, the air, and the curved surface of the glass? In terms of Snell's law explain why.
  • Is the distortion of the image the same in the vertical direction as in the horizontal direction?  Explain why in terms of the curvature of the glass. 

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