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Even though the theoretical bases that are needed to design and perform a seismic experiment (detonating a source and deploying receivers to observe the resulting motion of the ground) can be restricted to Pythagoras’ theorem and Snell's law, using the resulting data to build an image of the earth's interior requires much broader knowledge. Understanding the mathematical and physical bases of this broader knowledge is valuable for acquisition geophysicists who seek to design and perform better seismic experiments that lead to better images of the earth's interior. Those bases will be used widely throughout the remainder of this book.

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