?Total Internal ReflectionThe most common type of mirage is an illusion that light fromChapter 1, Problem 12
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Total Internal Reflection
The most common type of mirage is an illusion that light from faraway objects is reflected by a pool of water that is not really there. Mirages are generally observed in deserts, when there is a hot layer of air near the ground. Given that the refractive index of air is lower for air at higher temperatures, explain how mirages can be formed.