Refraction - ripple tank , Physics

  • In a ripple tank two regions A and B can be created by introducing a pile of glass plates in region B.
  • Thus region B is a shallow water region while region A is a deep water region.
  • The two regions behave as two media for water waves.
  • The frequency (n) of the vibrating source remains constant, the velocity (V2) in the region (B) i.e., V1 > V2.
  • Therefore from the relation V= nλ it is seen that,  λ1> λ2   
  • As far as bending of waves is concerned the deep water region.
  • A behaves as a denser medium and the shallow water region B behaves as rarer medium because the waves in region B bend away from the normalON.
  • However if we consider the velocities, A behaves as a rarer medium and B as a denser medium, because V2 in B is less than, V1 in A.
  • In any case the bending of waves (water waves or light waves) or the change in their velocities at the boundary separating the two media is due to the phenomenon of refraction.


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