You are given kerosene, turpentine and water. In which of these does the light travel fastest? Use the information given in Table. - Science

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You are given kerosene, turpentine and water. In which of these does the light travel fastest? Use the information given in Table.

Material
medium
Refractive index Material medium Refractive

 

index

Air 1.0003 Canada Balsam 1.53
Ice 1.31
Water 1.33 Rock salt 1.54
Alcohol 1.36
Kerosene 1.44 Carbon disulphide 1.63
Fused
quartz
1.46 Dense
flint glass
1.65
Turpentine oil 1.47 Ruby 1.71
Benzene 1.50 Sapphire 1.77
Crown
glass
1.52 Diamond 2.42
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Solution

In water light travel faster as compare to kerosene and turpentine because the refractive index of water is lower than that of kerosene and turpentine. The speed of light is inversely proportional to the refractive index.

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Chapter 10: Light – Reflection and Refraction - Intext Questions [Page 176]

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Chapter 10 Light – Reflection and Refraction
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