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In this Java simulation, students learn about Huygens' Principle by exploring reflection/refraction of waves.  A single wavefront is depicted moving along Medium 1. Upon reaching a medium with a different index of refraction, the applet depicts how each point of the advancing wavefront is the center of a fresh disturbance and source of a new train of waves.  Students can adjust the refractive index of Medium 1 or 2 and the angle of incidence.  Explanations of each step in the process are provided in a text box next to the simulation.

This applet is part of a large collection of physics applets and is available in a wide range of languages here: http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.4.2 of Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Refractive Index
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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application/java
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© 2000 Walter Fendt
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Keywords:
Huygens' Principle, Java applet, applet, geometrical optics, interactive simulation, reflection, refraction, simulation, wave reflection, wave refraction, waves, waves applet, waves simulation
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created July 28, 2006 by swapna gurumani
Record Updated:
October 26, 2011 by Caroline Hall
Last Update
when Cataloged:
January 18, 2003

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference

A nice simulation for exploring the basics of wave reflection and refraction.  It shows a single wavefront in slow motion as it reaches a medium with a different refractive index.  Students can see how each point of the advancing wavefront is the center of a fresh disturbance and source of a new train of waves.  They can adjust the refractive index and angle of incidence of either medium.

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AIP Format
W. Fendt, (2000), WWW Document, (http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/huygenspr.htm).
AJP/PRST-PER
W. Fendt, Walter Feldt Physics Applets: Reflection and Refraction of Light Waves, (2000), <http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/huygenspr.htm>.
APA Format
Fendt, W. (2003, January 18). Walter Feldt Physics Applets: Reflection and Refraction of Light Waves. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/huygenspr.htm
Chicago Format
Fendt, Walter. Walter Feldt Physics Applets: Reflection and Refraction of Light Waves. January 18, 2003. http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/huygenspr.htm (accessed 30 September 2014).
MLA Format
Fendt, Walter. Walter Feldt Physics Applets: Reflection and Refraction of Light Waves. 2000. 18 Jan. 2003. 30 Sep. 2014 <http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/huygenspr.htm>.
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@misc{ Author = "Walter Fendt", Title = {Walter Feldt Physics Applets: Reflection and Refraction of Light Waves}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {30 September 2014}, Month = {January 18, 2003}, Year = {2000} }
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