A diver under water, looks obliquely at a fisherman standing on the bank of a lake. Would the fisherman look taller or shorter to the diver than what he actually is? - Physics

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A diver under water, looks obliquely at a fisherman standing on the bank of a lake. Would the fisherman look taller or shorter to the diver than what he actually is?



The diver is in the water and the fisherman is on land (i.e., in the air). Water is a denser medium than air. It is given that the diver is viewing the fisherman. This indicates that the light rays are travelling from a denser medium to a rarer medium. Hence, the refracted rays will move away from the normal. As a result, the fisherman will appear to be taller.

Concept: Refraction
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Chapter 9: Ray Optics and Optical Instruments - Exercise [Page 346]


NCERT Physics Class 12
Chapter 9 Ray Optics and Optical Instruments
Exercise | Q 9.18 (c) | Page 346
NCERT Physics Class 12
Chapter 9 Ray Optics and Optical Instruments
Exercise | Q 18.3 | Page 347

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