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written by Fu-Kwun Hwang
Available Languages: English, Chinese
This applet allows the user to make a lens or a mirror and observe its effect on distant light. The user can change the thickness, the curvatures, the diameter, the index of refraction of the lens, and the index of refraction of the surrounding medium. Several special cases are pre-programmed and can be invoked by clicking on a link.

Please note that this resource requires Java Applet Plug-in.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- General
- Geometrical Optics
= Reflection - Curved Surfaces
= Refractive Index
= Thick Lens
= Thin Lens
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Simulation
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- application/java
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© 2001 Fu-Kwun Hwang
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aberration, concave, converging, convex, diverging, geometrical optics, glass, lens, light, light rays, mirror, ray diagram, refractive index, thick lens, thin lens, water
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Metadata instance created November 22, 2007 by Alea Smith
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July 20, 2009 by Cathy Ezrailson
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January 22, 2007
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