confusion about burst rate in policing

can someone simplify for me the value to use for burst when doing rate limiting,

 

say for example .. im doing 1mb limit on below traffic class on a 3560 switch

Policy-map RATE-LIMIT

class MYCLASS

police 1000000  ?    exceed-action drop

 

service policy is applied input direction on a 100mb port

 

I have had a look on the internet and it seems like  you need a degree in physics/maths to decrypt ,  -- just need a simple explanation of what value to use,  and 'why' would be a bonus.

 

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