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Subject: why do different wavelengths refract differently?

Date: Thu Apr 15 22:27:22 1999
Posted by steve
Grade level: 10-12 School: macarthur
City: levittown State/Province: ny Country: usa
Area of science: Physics
ID: 924233242.Ph

in my class we have learned that light waves will refract when 
they enter a dispersive medium, and that the higher the wave 
length the more they will bend twards the normal. i was 
wondering what causes light waves with higher frequencies and 
smaller wavelengths to refract more when entering such a medium. 
My teacher was unsure so i was wondering if you could maybe help.

Re: why do different wavelengths refract differently?

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