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Identify the rays PE, EF, FS and angles r, D, e mentioned in the diagram.
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Last updated date: 11th Jun 2024
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Hint:A ray of light that strikes a surface is called an incident light. The angle between the incident ray and the normal to the surface is the angle of incidence. When an incident light ray passes through the second medium its direction changes, the ray is said to be a refracted ray and the angle between the refracted ray and the normal is called the angle of refraction.

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An incident ray of light on entering a prism gets refracted towards the normal. When the refracted ray strikes the other face of the prism, it is further deviated away from the normal and leaving the glass prism, it enters the air i.e. from one medium to the other. Thus the ray that emerges out of the other side of the prism is called the emergent ray. The angle made by the emergent ray with the normal at the surface is known as angle of emergence.

PE is incident on the prism, so PE is called the incident ray.On passing through the prism, PE gets refracted, so EF is called the refracted ray.The refracted ray EF then leaves the prism, so FS is called the emergent ray.Angle r is the angle between the normal and the refracted so it is called the angle of refraction.Angle D is the angle between the extended emergent ray and produced incident ray so it is called the angle of deviation.Angle e is the angle between the normal and the emergent ray so it is called the angle of emergence.

Note:Refraction is the change in direction of a wave passing from one medium to another due to the change of speed of wave in different medium. That’s why when a ray travels from a rarer medium to a denser medium it bends towards the normal and when a ray travels from denser to a rarer medium it bends away from the normal. At an angle of minimum deviation of the prism the refracted ray becomes parallel to the base of the prism.