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Unformatted text preview: Solutions to Homework Set 1 1) Snellius law : Parts a) and b) are trivial, so I will not write out the solutions. Part c) has two sub-parts: i) Setting the variation of F 1 [ y ] to zero gives d dx n ( x ) y 1 + y 2 ! = 0 . Now elementary calculus tells us that y = tan , where is the angle between the light ray and the x-axis. The x-axis is, however, for this geometry, the normal to the planes of constant n ( x ). Thus we have = , where is the angle of incidence as it is usually defined in optics. Using the standard trig identities sec 2 - tan 2 = 1, and sec = 1 / cos , we reduce our equation to d dx n ( x ) sin = 0 , or n ( x ) sin = const. This last equation is the usual form of Snells law. ii) For F 2 [ y ] we can use the first integral to deduce directly that n ( y ) y 2 1 + y 2- n ( y ) q 1 + y 2 = const., or, collecting terms, n ( y ) 1 + y 2 = const....
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- Fall '07