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Total Internal Reflection (Physics)

Illustrates light reflection from a pond.

There is a source of light at the bottom of the lake. The rays from the source reach the surface of the water and continue through the air at a refracted angle, some rays are also reflected back into the water. As you increase the incident angle, more and more rays are reflected into the water. There comes a time when all of the rays are reflected, this happens when the angle of incidence is...

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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
21 years ago
Although the graphics are beautiful, this applet is not very versatile. Still, it does demonstrate total internal reflection adequately.