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Light refraction index equation

  1. Dec 24, 2004 #1
    Is the following equation which relates to light refraction index and the amount which bounces back been proven experimental or theoretically(mathematicaly)?

    R = [(n1-n2)/(n1+n2)]
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  3. Dec 24, 2004 #2


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    Yes to both, It can be derived from principles and has been verified experimentally.
  4. Dec 24, 2004 #3
    Thanks, now I know.
    Can you also tell me how it was done mathematically?
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