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This Exploratorium webpage describes the classic Caro® syrup demonstration of the rotation of the plane of polarized light by an optically active material. The webpage lists the materials, how they are assembled, the observations, and the physics that explains what happens. A photo and drawing are provided.
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- Polarization
- Informal Education
- High School
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2008 Exploratorium
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Keywords: Polarization, optical isomer, optically active
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 27, 2012 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Aug 12, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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January 15, 2008
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(Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2008), WWW Document, (
Rotating Light (Exploratorium, San Francisco, 2008), <>.
APA Format
Rotating Light. (2008, January 15). Retrieved May 22, 2024, from Exploratorium:
Chicago Format
Exploratorium. Rotating Light. San Francisco: Exploratorium, January 15, 2008. (accessed 22 May 2024).
MLA Format
Rotating Light. San Francisco: Exploratorium, 2008. 15 Jan. 2008. 22 May 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {Rotating Light}, Publisher = {Exploratorium}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {22 May 2024}, Month = {January 15, 2008}, Year = {2008} }
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