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This is a comprehensive interactive tutorial on the topic of light refraction.  It integrates background information with related Java simulations that allow users to explore the effects of refraction through a variety of mediums, refraction by a prism, light refraction observed in everyday life, and less common refractive effects such as mirage and looming images.  

This item is part of a larger Microscopy Primer developed by the National High Magnetic Field at Florida State University.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to the complete primer.

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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Refraction - Flat Surfaces
= Refractive Index
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Huygens, Simulations, Snell's Law, critical angle, light, light refraction, light simulation, optics, prism, refractive index, total internal reflection
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This resource is part of 4 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

Simulation-Based Tutorial                                                            Grades 9-12
When light waves travel from one substance or medium into another, the waves may undergo a phenomenon known as refraction, which often looks like a bending of the light.  In this high-quality tutorial, students can explore how light behaves as it is refracted through a variety of mediums.  At the same time, they will learn about Snell's Law and form better understanding of the math behind the Index of Refraction.  Three Java simulations make the learning fun.

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

When light waves travel from one medium to another, the waves may undergo a phenomenon known as refraction.  It often looks like the light is "bending".  This tutorial combines simulations with illustrated background information to explain how light behaves as it refracts.  An understanding of this process is an important foundation to learning about lenses and microscopes.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

When light waves travel from one medium to another, the waves may undergo a phenomenon known as refraction.  It often looks like the light is "bending".  This tutorial combines simulations with illustrated background information to explain how light behaves as it refracts.  An understanding of this process is an important foundation to learning about lenses and microscopes.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Ray Optics -- Reflection and Refraction of Light

Simulation-Based Tutorial                                                            Grades 9-12
When light waves travel from one substance or medium into another, the waves may undergo a phenomenon known as refraction, which often looks like a bending of the light.  In this high-quality tutorial, students can explore how light behaves as it is refracted through a variety of mediums.  At the same time, they will learn about Snell's Law and form better understanding of the math behind the Index of Refraction.  Three Java simulations make the learning fun.

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Davidson, M. (2007, December 15). Molecular Expressions: Refraction of Light. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionintro.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Refraction of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, December 15, 2007. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionintro.html (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Is Part Of http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/

This is a link to the complete Optical Microscopy Primer by the same authors.  It contains sections on electromagnetic radiation, particle/wave duality, fluorescence, reflection and refraction, diffraction, interference, color, human vision, and geometrical optics.

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