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written by Michael Davidson
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This item is an interactive tutorial on the topic of light reflection.  It integrates background information with related Java simulations that allow users to explore the Law of Reflection, reflection from smooth and rough surfaces, concave and convex mirrors, faceted diamond reflection, and total internal reflection (TIR).  Developed by the respected Molecular Expressions team, it could serve as content support for K-12 science teachers and/or students in an introductory physics class.  The simulations are especially well designed to allow users to "see" what is happening when light reflects.  

This item is part of a much larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University.

Please note that this resource requires Java.
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Optics
- Geometrical Optics
= Reflection - Curved Surfaces
= Reflection - Flat Surfaces
= Total Internal Reflection
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Law of Reflection, Simulations, concave mirrors, convex mirrors, diffuse reflection, light, light simulation, mirrors, optics, specular reflection, total internal reflection
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


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

This interactive tutorial offers teachers a way to build content knowledge of light reflection.  By integrating four Java simulations, the resource is fun and allows the user to more readily "see" what is happening as light reflects off both a flat and a curved surface.  Also includes more advanced concepts such as total internal reflection.

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

Java-based Tutorial                                                                 Grades 11-12
This is an exemplary tutorial for introductory physics students, integrating background information on light reflection with four Java simulations.  Students can interactively investigate the Law of Reflection, concave and convex mirrors, reflection from smooth and rough surfaces, and total internal reflection.  We highly recommend it to supplement labs on reflection.

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M. Davidson, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/reflectionintro.html).
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M. Davidson, Molecular Expressions: Reflection of Light, (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, 2003), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/reflectionintro.html>.
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Davidson, M. (2007, December 13). Molecular Expressions: Reflection of Light. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from National High Magnetic Field Laboratory: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/reflectionintro.html
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Reflection of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, December 13, 2007. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/reflectionintro.html (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Davidson, Michael. Molecular Expressions: Reflection of Light. Tallahassee: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 2003. 13 Dec. 2007. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/reflectionintro.html>.
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Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics & You - Light and Color

This is the full index of materials by the same authors on Light and Color, developed for use in K-12 science classrooms.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is Part Of http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/index.html

This is a link to the full set of intermediate tutorials on Light and Color, spanning topics from reflection and refraction to the wave nature of light and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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