Physics...please help
posted by sophie on .
A beam of light passes from air to ethanol, with index of refraction of 1.36. If the angle of incidence ( 1) is 30.0 degrees, then calculate the angle of refraction, after light passes through ethanol and enters into air.
A. 15.3 degrees
B. 21.6 degrees
C. 30.0 degrees
D. 39.8 degrees
I tried it and got C??

its B

The answer can be found using the following method:
Index of refraction 1[wtf is this?: air = 1.00] * Sin(30)[wtf is this?: 30 degrees]
all of that is equal to =
Index of refraction 2[wtf is this?: 1.36 {water is 1.33 just fyi}] * Sin(??) [wtf is this?: what you are asked to find]
Okay now that I've laid that out for your lazy procrastinating undisciplined drudering self:
1.00 * Sin(30) or 1.00 * 0.5, because the Sin(30 degrees) = 0.5
So the 1.00 * 0.5 = 1.36 * some number that is the same as saying Sin(??some angle??)
Let me grab my graphing calculator you slovenly procrastinating not doing what you are supposed to person...
(1.00*0.5)/1.36 = 0.3676470588
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
That isn't the angle you are looking for.
Remember how I took the sin of 30 degrees and got 0.5? This last number is the same kind of dude. We have to Sin^1(0.3676470588) to find our angle. [WTF does that mean?: it means inverse Sin (bla number) = an angle]
And just you know, since you don't study like you should, that bla number is actually a fraction between 0 and 1 which represents the height of the triangle in a unit circle. If you don't know wtf that is, you need to catch up and handle yourself, or you're going to be very disappointed in yourself soon...
HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS!