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Light Question

  1. Jan 8, 2014 #1
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    Why is refraction an important property of light?


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    Refraction is turning or bending of a wave, such as light or sound, as it pass from one substance to another. So why is refraction an important property of light? Refraction is absorbed into the surface unlike reflection. Thats all i know.
     
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  3. Jan 8, 2014 #2

    rude man

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    Do you think optics is important? Do you wear glasses or have ever used a pair of binoculars or looked thru a telescope or microscope? Do you like the looks of a rainbow?

    Answer your question?
     
  4. Jan 8, 2014 #3
    Ok, ok.
     
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  5. Jan 8, 2014 #4
    Ive seen through binoculars but how does that relate to refraction. It zooms in on the image. Can you please explain.
     
  6. Jan 8, 2014 #5

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    You need to study how lenses work. Snell's law . Ray optics. Then you'd see.
    No refractiion, no image magnification.

    Unless you go with mirrors.
     
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