Huygens's Principle

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The Huygens principle states that every point of a wave front at any instant may be considered a source of spherical secondary wavelets with a speed equal to the speed of the the overall wave. Basic wave phenomena like refraction and diffraction can be explained using this principle.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
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