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This applet shows a ray diagram demonstrating Snell's Law and Total Internal Reflection. A point source is in a medium with an unknown index of refraction and rays from the source enter a second medium with a smaller index of refraction (air).  The user can adjust the position of the source and the angle of the rays, and the applet shows the bending of the rays as they enter the air.  Positions and angles can be measured on the applet. The challenge for this applet is to determine the index of refraction of the first medium.

This is part of a large collection of Physlet-based (Physics Java Applet) illustrations and tutorials covering introductory physics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Geometrical Optics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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application/java
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© 1998 Scott Schneider
Tutorials available for download.
Keywords:
Total internal reflection, index refraction, interactive animation, point source, reflection, snell's law
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Metadata instance created September 26, 2006 by jason evans
Record Updated:
February 9, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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March 15, 2006
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AIP Format
S. Schneider, (1998), WWW Document, (http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/optics_p02.shtml).
AJP/PRST-PER
S. Schneider, LTU Physlet: Optics Problem #2 - Snell's Law With n1<n2, Total Internal Reflection (1998), <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/optics_p02.shtml>.
APA Format
Schneider, S. (2006, March 15). LTU Physlet: Optics Problem #2 - Snell's Law With n1<n2, Total Internal Reflection. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/optics_p02.shtml
Chicago Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Optics Problem #2 - Snell's Law With n1<n2, Total Internal Reflection. March 15, 2006. http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/optics_p02.shtml (accessed 24 July 2014).
MLA Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Optics Problem #2 - Snell's Law With n1<n2, Total Internal Reflection. 1998. 15 Mar. 2006. 24 July 2014 <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/optics_p02.shtml>.
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@misc{ Author = "Scott Schneider", Title = {LTU Physlet: Optics Problem #2 - Snell's Law With n1<n2, Total Internal Reflection}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {24 July 2014}, Month = {March 15, 2006}, Year = {1998} }
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