In this Java simulation, students learn about Huygens' Principle by exploring reflection/refraction of waves. A single wavefront is depicted moving along Medium 1. Upon reaching a medium with a different index of refraction, the applet depicts how each point of the advancing wavefront is the center of a fresh disturbance and source of a new train of waves. Students can adjust the refractive index of Medium 1 or 2 and the angle of incidence. Explanations of each step in the process are provided in a text box next to the simulation.
This applet is part of a large collection of physics applets and is available in a wide range of languages here: http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/
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July 28, 2006
by swapna gurumani
October 26, 2011
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 18, 2003
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Wave Energy Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference
A nice simulation for exploring the basics of wave reflection and refraction. It shows a single wavefront in slow motion as it reaches a medium with a different refractive index. Students can see how each point of the advancing wavefront is the center of a fresh disturbance and source of a new train of waves. They can adjust the refractive index and angle of incidence of either medium.
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