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Try this Java simulation of the physics behind rainbows. You can investigate the reflection and refraction effects of light inside a water droplet and also find out how light from the rainbow is polarized.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Color
- Diffraction
- General
- Geometrical Optics
= Rainbow
= Reflection - Curved Surfaces
= Refractive Index
- Polarization
= Polarization by Reflection
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Lecture/Presentation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Professional/Practitioners
- Educators
- application/java
- text/html
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2004 Fu-Kwun Hwang
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Keywords: Law of Refraction, Rainbows, Sunlight, polarization, rainbow, water
Record Creator: Metadata instance created April 1, 2004 by Matthew Meizlish
Record Updated: Jan 23, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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January 28, 2004
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