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written by Michael Davidson and Kenneth R. Spring
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a introductory tutorial relating to wave-particle duality in the behavior of light.  It traces the early history of light refraction theory, from Huygens' 18th century work through the classic double slit experiment and studies using cross-polarizing filters.  Also included are four related interactive Java simulations exploring how particles and waves behave when refracted, diffracted, and reflected.  This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.

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Optics
- Diffraction
- Interference
= Interference of Polarized Light
- Modern Optics
- Polarization
= Polarization by Scattering
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Huygens, Simulations, crossed polarizers, diffraction, double slit experiment, duality, light polarization, optics, refraction, tutorial, wave optics
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This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Behavior of Light

Simulation-Based Tutorial                                                            Grades 11-12
Is light a particle or a wave?  Well, it has characteristics of both.  This is the best tutorial we have found to introduce high school students to the wave-particle duality of light.  They can play with four simulations to see how a beam of light behaves when it is refracted, diffracted, and combined in a double-slit experiment.  Don't miss the simulation on reflection:  an excellent comparison of wave and particle theories that adolescent learners can comprehend.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Wave Nature of Light

Is light a particle or a wave?  The answer is: it has characteristics of both.  This is one of the best tutorials we have found to explain the wave-particle duality of light in terms a non-physicist can understand.  Four interactive simulations demonstrate how a beam of light behaves when it is reflected, refracted, diffracted around an object, and combined in a double-slit experiment.  The accompanying explanations would be an excellent resource for teachers who want to learn more about the wave nature of light.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: The Wave Nature of Light

Simulation-Based Tutorial                                                            Grades 11-12
Is light a particle or a wave?  Well, it has characteristics of both.  This is the best tutorial we have found to introduce high school students to the wave-particle duality of light.  They can play with four simulations to see how a beam of light behaves when it is refracted, diffracted, and combined in a double-slit experiment.  Don't miss the simulation on reflection:  an excellent comparison of wave and particle theories that adolescent learners can comprehend.

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M. Davidson and K. Spring, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html).
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M. Davidson and K. Spring, Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html>.
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Davidson, M., & Spring, K. (2003, August 1). Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html
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Davidson, Michael, and Kenneth R. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., August 1, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html (accessed 30 September 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, and Kenneth R. Spring. Molecular Expressions: Light: Particle or a Wave?. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2002. 1 Aug. 2003. 30 Sep. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/particleorwave.html>.
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