Worksheet: Polarization of Light

In this worksheet, we will practice describing the changes to the polarization angle and intensity of light waves produced by polarizing filters.

Q1:

Unpolarized light passes through two polarizers that have polarization axes 4 8 apart from each other. The intensity of the light after it passes through both polarizers is 0.15 W/m2. What is the initial intensity of the light?

Q2:

Unpolarized light traveling in air that has a refractive index of 1.00 reflects from a film of oil. The angle from the normal to the surface of the oil of reflected light that is completely polarized is 3 7 . 6 . What is the refractive index of the oil?

Q3:

Unpolarized light passes through two polarizers. The light has an initial intensity of 1.8 W/m2. The intensity of the light after it passes through both polarizers is 0.85 W/m2. What is the angle between the polarization axes of the polarizers?

Q4:

Vertically polarized light with an intensity of 1.25 W/m2 passes through a polarizer aligned at the angle 𝜃 , 3 5 above the horizontal, as shown in the diagram. What is the intensity of the light transmitted through the polarizer? Give your answer to two significant figures.

Q5:

Vertically polarized light enters a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q6:

Horizontally polarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a diagonally aligned polarizer, which is placed in front of a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the horizontal polarizer?

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Q7:

Unpolarized light enters a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q8:

Unpolarized light with an intensity of 2.4 W/m2 passes through a polarizer aligned at the angle 𝜃 , 5 5 above the horizontal, as shown in the diagram. What is the intensity of the light transmitted through the polarizer?

Q9:

Vertically polarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a diagonally aligned polarizer, which is placed in front of a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the horizontal polarizer?

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Q10:

Unpolarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q11:

Vertically polarized light with an intensity of 2.2 W/m2 passes through a polarizer aligned at the angle 𝜃 , 2 5 from the vertical, as shown in the diagram. What is the intensity of the light transmitted through the polarizer?

Q12:

Unpolarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the diagonal polarizer?

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Q13:

Unpolarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a diagonally aligned polarizer, which is in turn placed in front of a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the horizontal polarizer?

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Q14:

Vertically polarized light enters a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q15:

Vertically polarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the diagonal polarizer?

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Q16:

Vertically polarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q17:

Unpolarized light enters a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q18:

Diagonally polarized light enters a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q19:

Unpolarized light enters a diagonally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the polarizer?

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Q20:

Unpolarized light enters a vertically aligned polarizer placed in front of a horizontally aligned polarizer, as shown in the diagram. Which of the following diagrams correctly shows the polarization angle of the light that emerges from the horizontal polarizer?

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