Q.2. What is the shape of the wavefront in each of the following cases ?
(a) light diverging from point source.
(b) light emerging out of a convex lens when a point source is placed it its focus.
(c) the portion of the wavefront of light from a distant star intercepted by earth.
Sol. (a) The geometrical shape of the wave front would
be diverging spherical wave front, as shown in.
(b) When a point source is placed at the focus of a convex lens,
the rays emerging form the lens are parallel. Therefore, the wave
front must be plane, as shown in.
(c) As the star (i.e. source of light) is very far off i.e. at infinity,
the wave front intercepted by earth must be a plane wave front
as shown in.
Q.3.(a) The refractive index of glass is 1.5. What is the speed of light in glass ? (Speed of light in vacuum is 3×108 ms-1).
(b) Is the speed of light in glass independent of colour of light ? If not, which of the two colours, red and violet travels slower in a glass prism ?
Sol. Here, λ = 5000 Å.
On reflection, there is no change in wavelength or frequency.
Wavelength of reflected light λ’ = λ = 5000Å.
Here, negative sign shows recession of star.
Sol. According to Newton’s corpuscular theory of light, corpuscles of light strike the interface XY, separating a denser medium from a rarer medium, the component of their velocity along XY remains the same :
If v1 is velocity of light in rarer medium (air)
V2 is velocity of light in denser medium (water)
I is angle of incidence, r is angle of refraction,
then component of v1 along XY = v2 sin r
Q.14. Let us list some of the factors which could possibly influence the speed of wave propagation :
(i) Nature of source (ii) direction of propagation (iii)motion of source and/or observer (iv) wave length (v) intensity of the wave.
On which of these factors, if any, does (a) the speed of light in vacuum (b) speed of light in a medium (say glass or water) depend ?
Sol. (a) Speed of light in vacuum is an absolute, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity. It does not depend upon any of the factors listed above or any other factor.
(b) The speed of light in a medium like water or glass
(i) does not depend upon the nature of the source.
(ii) does not depend upon the direction of propagation, when the medium is isotropic.
(iii) does not depend upon motion of the source w.r.t the medium, but depends on motion of the observer relative to the medium.
(iv) depends on wavelength of light, being lesser for shorter wavelength and vice- versa.
(v) does not depend upon intensity of light.
Q.15. For sound waves, the Doppler formula for frequency shift differs slightly between the two situations :
(i) source at rest ; observer moving
(ii) source moving ; observer at rest.
The exact Doppler formulae for the case of light waves in vacuum, are however, strictly identical for these situations. Explain why this should be so. Would you expect formulae to be strictly identical for the two situations in case of light travelling in a medium ?
Sol. Sound waves require a material medium for propagation. That is why situation (i) and (ii) are not identical physically though relative motion between the source and the observer is the same in the two cases. Infact, Doppler’s formulae for sound are different in the two cases.
For light waves travelling in vacuum, there is nothing to distinguish between the two situations. That is why the formulae are strictly identical.
For light propagating in a medium, situations (i) and (ii) are not identical. The formulae governing the two situations would obviously be different.
Q.17. Answer the following questions :
(a) In a single slit diffraction experiment, the width of the slit is made double the original width. How does this affect the size and intensity of the central diffraction band.
(b)In what way is diffraction from each slit related to interference pattern in a double slit experiment? (c) When a tiny circular obstacle is place in the path of light form a distant source, a bright spot is seen at the centre of the shadow of the obstacle. Explain why ?
(d) Two students are separated by a 7 m partition will in a room 10 m high. If both light and sound waves can bend round corners, how is it that the students are unable to see each other even though they can converse easily.
(e) Ray optics is based on the assumption that light travels in a straight line. Diffraction effects (observed when light propagates through small apertures/ slits or around small obstacles)disprove this assumption. Yet the ray optics assumption is so commonly used in understanding location and several other properties of images in optical instruments. What is the justification ?
Sol. (a) When width (a) of single slit is made double, the half angular width of central maximum which is λ/a, reduces to half. The intensity of central maximum will become 4 times. This is because area of central diffraction band would become 1/4th.
(b) If width of each slit is of the order of λ, then interference pattern in the double slit experiment is modified by the diffraction pattern from each of the two slits.
(c) This is because waves diffracted from the edges of circular obstacle interfere constructively at the centre of the shadow resulting in the formation of a bright spot.
(d) For diffraction of waves by obstacle/aperture, through a large angle, the size of obstacle/aperture should be comparable to
has definite value i.e. sound waves bend around the partition. Hence students can converse easily. (e) The ray optics assumption is used in understanding location and several other properties of images in optical instruments. This is because typical sizes of apertures involved in ordinary optical instruments are much larger than the wavelength of light. Therefore, diffraction or bending of waves is of no significance.
Sol. In order that the hill may not obstruct the spreading radio beam, the radial spread of the beam over the hill 20 km away must not
Q.20. Answer the following questions :
(a) When a low flying aircraft passes overhead, we sometimes notice a slight shaking of the picture on our TV screen. Suggest a possible explanation.
(b) As you have learnt in the text, the principle of linear superposition of wave displacement is basic to understanding intensity distributions in diffraction and interference patterns. What is the justification of this principle ?
Sol. (a) A low flying aircraft reflects the T.V. signal. The slight shaking on the T.V. screen may be due to interference between the direct signal and the reflected signal.
(b) Superposition principle follows from the linear character of the differential equation governing wavemotion. If y1 and y2 are solutions of the wave equation, so is any linear combination of y1 and y2 . When amplitudes are large (e.g. high intensity laser beams) and non- linear effects are important, the situation is far more complicated.
Therefore each of the smaller slits would send zero intensity in the direction of . Hence for the entire single slit, intensity at angle n λ/a would be zero.