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written by John Foley, Taha Mzoughi, and David Banks
The Web Optics Project provides an extensive set of 3D simulations of optics experiments.  A wide range of systems can be modeled, including interference and diffraction, lenses, reflection and refraction, the eye, and lasers.  Parameters can be adjusted over a wide range of values.  The actions of a user can be recorded in scrips for later playback. In addition of the simulation, and extensive menu of tutorials, exercises, pictures, and videos are provided.
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General Physics
- Collections
- General
Oscillations & Waves
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- model/vrml
- application/flash
- application/java
- image/jpeg
- text/html
- video/quicktime
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© 2001 Mississippi State University
optics, ripple tank, waves
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Metadata instance created July 10, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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