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Polarization & wave theory

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salsabel
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Apr29-08, 05:00 PM
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How does polarization suppot the wave theoy of light?

A wave is polarized if it can only oscillate in one direction. The polarization of a transverse wave describes the direction of oscillation, in the plane perpendicular to the direction of travel.

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astrorob
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Apr29-08, 05:06 PM
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Ask yourself, if light was corpuscules (particles), would polarisation be feasible?
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Apr29-08, 05:06 PM
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How does polarization suppot the wave theoy of light?

A wave is polarized if it can only oscillate in one direction. The polarization of a transverse wave describes the direction of oscillation, in the plane perpendicular to the direction of travel.

Thats' what i got
Is that right?
That sounds correct-ish but you should add in what polarization means for light.

astrorob
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Apr29-08, 05:10 PM
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Polarization & wave theory

Why does the question warrant a full description of the polarisation of light?


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