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How the snell's law come?

  1. Oct 20, 2004 #1
    what is the snell's law?

    and how to show this
    n = sin(i)/sin(r)

    (where
    n = refractive index
    i = angle of incident
    r = angle of refraction )
    ??

    thank you!
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2004 #2
    snell's law

    You can derive snell's law from Fermat's principle of least time

    www.physics.yorku.ca/undergrad_programme/highsch/SNELL3.html[/URL]

    Another derivation can be done using Huygen's principle.



    spacetime
    [url]www.geocities.com/physics_all/index.html[/url]
     
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  4. Oct 20, 2004 #3

    Claude Bile

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    Or you can just solve Maxwell's equations with appropriate boundary conditions.

    Claude.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2004 #4
    Righto!!!

    Maxwell's equations on EM Waves will provide the most elegent proof of Snells Law, Laws of Reflection and all the rest. You can read it from David Griffits "Intro ...to Electrodynamics".
     
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