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Determine the Intensity Transmitted from a Graph

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As shown in the figure below (not to scale), unpolarized light is sent through a pair of linear polarizers. The transmission axis, with respect to the vertical, of the two polarizers are $\theta_1$ and $\theta_2$.

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Next, consider a plot of the intensity of the light after the second polarizer, as a function of the angle $\theta_2$ while the angle of transmission, $\theta_1$ remains constant.

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