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Why do large particles scatter more light than smaller particles?

by thewall12
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thewall12
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Apr10-11, 02:18 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Silly question, I know. I suspect it's because of a wider reflecting angle due to the diameter, but I'm not quite sure.


2. Relevant equations



3. The attempt at a solution
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zhermes
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Apr10-11, 03:09 PM
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I think you have the right idea---but 'wider angle' isn't quite the right way to think about it. Bigger objects have a larger cross-section, more light hits them, thus more light is scattered.


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