Refraction of Light

A ray of light coming from the top left strikes the boundary surface of two media. (It is possible to choose the substances in both lists.) The medium which has the bigger index of refraction is painted blue, the other yellow. You can vary the incident ray with pressed mouse button. The applet will show the reflected and the refracted ray and calculate the corresponding angles.

Physics Applets

© Walter Fendt, December 20, 1997
Last modification: March 11, 2000

This applet is part of the Contemporary College Physics Simulation Library.