Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 23 - Light: Geometric Optics - Questions: 13

Answer

Reflection and refraction of light.

Work Step by Step

There are two reasons. The first is reflection. Light sources and other objects reflect off the drop’s surface, allowing you to see it. The second reason is refraction. Light that passes through the drop on the way to you will bend, making part of the tabletop appear to be higher up. See Figure 23-22b. There may also be a magnification effect.
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