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written by Michael Davidson, Shannon Neaves, and Mortimer Abramowitz
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a tutorial for students of introductory physics or optics on the topic of light polarization.  It explains the basic concept of polarization, and offers links to related Java simulations for beginners.  It is appropriate for non-science majors.  

This item is part of a larger collection of materials for students of introductory optics on the topic of light and color.  See Related items on this page for a more advanced tutorial developed for science majors.

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Optics
- Polarization
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Brewster's Angle, Simulations, light polarization, optics, polarization, tutorials
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M. Davidson, S. Neaves, and M. Abramowitz, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/polarization.html).
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M. Davidson, S. Neaves, and M. Abramowitz, Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Polarization of Light, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 1998), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/polarization.html>.
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Davidson, M., Neaves, S., & Abramowitz, M. (2003, August 1). Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Polarization of Light. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/polarization.html
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Davidson, M, S. Neaves, and M. Abramowitz. Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Polarization of Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., August 1, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/polarization.html (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Shannon Neaves, and Mortimer Abramowitz. Molecular Expressions: Light and Color - Polarization of Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 1998. 1 Aug. 2003. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/lightandcolor/polarization.html>.
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