Physics Course/Waves/Wave Refraction

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Wave Refraction[edit]

Wave refraction is a phenomenon observed when wave travels and hits a blocking object at a deflected angle instead of passing through the object in straight line.

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Angle of Refraction[edit]

If θi represents the incident angle and if wave travels in straight line then the angle of refraction is equal to angle of incident

θr = θi

If wave travels is being deflected at angle θr Then the deflection can be calculated by

Degree of Refraction = \frac{Sin \Theta_r}{Sin \Theta_r}