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Refraction and reflection

  1. Aug 20, 2008 #1
    Could some explain the difference in refraction and reflection in optics and sound waves?
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  3. Aug 20, 2008 #2


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    Water waves require a medium to move in (water!) whereas the wavelenght of light is an intrinsic property of the photon rather than an effect in the medium.

    Otherwise most of the effects and the maths is the same.
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