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Feynman Lec, problem with diffraction

  1. Sep 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    It is a thing feynman doesn't explain, it is meant to be obvious, but for me and some friends is not. If you have the first book, chapter 30-6, "Diffraction by opaque screen", he is talking about the approssimation of the two path: for finite distance is h^2/s, and is quadratic proportional to h, while if you go to infinity, that is the point, is linearly proportional to h. I really don't understand what does it means, the approssimation is more good if you go to infinity, is always quadratic, for any finite distance, the limit is proportional to h^2. It is an important sentence, for him this is the advantage of the "sources" method

    2. Relevant equations
    You have to read all the passages of the book, if you don't have it i can send that page to you.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Another note, say that the difference of paths is linearly proportional to h is like saying that the path is equivalent (times a coefficient) to the path going straight on and then go 90 deg to the right, that for me is not the fastest
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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