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Snell's Law

  1. Jun 11, 2007 #1
    Okay, so I've tried doing some research about Snell's Law, and I haven't been able to find information that I actually understand. Could someone explain this to me in terms that will help me?
     
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  3. Jun 11, 2007 #2
    think of a marching band.

    when parts of the marching band slow down, see what would happen. Draw a whole bunch of snapshots of what would happen (as a function of time) and you will completely understand snell's law.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2007 #3
    And read some of this,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snell's_law
     
  5. Jun 11, 2007 #4
    http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/scenario/analogy.htm

    that's a terrible way to understand it.

    i have a really good explanation of christian hygen's wavelet theory and that translates to an understanding of snell's law. but really since it not what actually happens anyway i would just take it for granted until you get to the quantum explanation
     
  6. Jun 11, 2007 #5

    Claude Bile

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    We cannot give it to you in terms is you understand unless you indicate what you have already read and why you don't understand it.

    Claude.
     
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