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This page contains a short explanation and Java simulation of the physics behind rainbows. It covers the reflection and refraction effects of light inside a water droplet as well as polarization.  A discussion forum regarding this material is also provided.

This is part of the Virtual Physics Laboratory at the National Taiwan Normal University. The applet and HTML files are available for download to registered users.
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Optics
- Color
- Diffraction
- General
- Geometrical Optics
= Rainbow
= Reflection - Curved Surfaces
= Refractive Index
- Polarization
= Polarization by Reflection
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
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© 2004 Fu-Kwun Hwang
Keywords:
Law of Refraction, Rainbows, Sunlight, polarization, rainbow, water
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Metadata instance created April 1, 2004 by Matthew Meizlish
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January 23, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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January 28, 2004
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

Interactive Simulation                                                                 Grades 9-12
This page contains a short explanation and Java simulation of the physics behind rainbows. It explores the reflection and refraction effects of light inside a water droplet as well as polarization.  A discussion forum regarding this material is also provided.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Electromagnetic Radiation and the Spectrum

Interactive Simulation                                                            Grades 8-12
This page contains a short explanation and Java simulation of the physics behind rainbows. It explores the reflection and refraction effects of light inside a water droplet as well as polarization.  A discussion forum regarding this material is also provided.

Link to Unit:
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F. Hwang, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0).
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F. Hwang, NTNU Java: Physics of Rainbow, (2004), <http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0>.
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Hwang, F. (2004, January 28). NTNU Java: Physics of Rainbow. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0
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Hwang, Fu-Kwun. NTNU Java: Physics of Rainbow. January 28, 2004. http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0 (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Hwang, Fu-Kwun. NTNU Java: Physics of Rainbow. 2004. 28 Jan. 2004. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/index.php?topic=44.0>.
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