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written by Michael Davidson, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Robert Sutter, and Thomas J. Fellers
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a tutorial for introductory physics students on the topic of refraction.  It contains an introduction to basic concepts, a brief history of refraction experimentation, refractive index values, light dispersion, and applications of Snell's equation.  Also included are links to six interactive Java simulations related to the refraction of light.  

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.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Color
= Dispersion
- Geometrical Optics
= Refraction - Flat Surfaces
= Refractive Index
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
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Simulations, Snell, critical angle of reflection, dispersion, monochromatic light refraction, optics, refraction, tutorial
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, R. Sutter, and T. Fellers, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionhome.html).
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M. Davidson, M. Parry-Hill, R. Sutter, and T. Fellers, Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Refraction of Light (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2003), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionhome.html>.
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Davidson, M., Parry-Hill, M., Sutter, R., & Fellers, T. (2003, August 1). Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Refraction of Light. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionhome.html
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Davidson, M, M. Parry-Hill, R. Sutter, and T. Fellers. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Refraction of Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., August 1, 2003. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionhome.html (accessed 1 August 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Robert Sutter, and Thomas J. Fellers. Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Refraction of Light. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2003. 1 Aug. 2003. 1 Aug. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/refractionhome.html>.
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