Inquiry into Physics

8th Edition
ISBN: 9781337515863
Textbook Problem

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. In Chapter 9, we discussed the deviations in the path of a beam of light after passing through transparent media (refraction) and the role such deviations play in common natural phenomena like rainbows and halos. Why aren’t we as familiar with the deviations in the path of light caused by gravity?

To determine

The reason of unfamiliarity of a person with deviations in path of light caused by gravity.


Refraction is the bending of light as it changes medium. Refraction due to change in medium is visible to us with naked eye, while deviations in path of light caused by gravity is an astronomical phenomenon, is not visible to us as refraction is caused by change of medium. This is because the light around us passed through various medium and we can actually...

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