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This item is a chapter in a beginning physics tutorial.  It explores the conceptual and mathematical principles governing the bending of waves as they cross the boundary between two media.  The ray nature of light is used to explain the behavior of light as it refracts, or bends, at planar and curved surfaces.  Refraction principles are combined with ray diagrams to explain how lenses produce images.

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Snell's Law, eye, geometrical optics, human eye, lenses, optics, prisms, ray diagrams, refraction
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

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

This beginning tutorial explores the conceptual and mathematical principles governing the bending of waves as they cross the boundary between two media.    Refraction principles are combined with ray diagrams to explain how lenses produce images.

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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refrn).
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T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Refraction and the Ray Model of Light (1996), <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refrn>.
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Henderson, T. (2004, December 20). The Physics Classroom: Refraction and the Ray Model of Light. Retrieved September 15, 2024, from https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refrn
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Refraction and the Ray Model of Light. December 20, 2004. https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refrn (accessed 15 September 2024).
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Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Refraction and the Ray Model of Light. 1996. 20 Dec. 2004. 15 Sep. 2024 <https://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/refrn>.
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