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Refraction and the Ray Model of Light

Useful information driven site which provides details on how light is refracted (including total internal reflection).

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What is X-ray crystallography?

X-ray crystallography is the ability to see the internal structure of an object.

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Refraction, Snell's law and total internal reflection

A concise but detailed explanation of refraction. Clear diagrams and worked examples, some harder than others.

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Satellite propulsion - It’s not rocket science

A material being researched for health uses could lead to a new type of rocket engine.

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Phun Physics

2D physics engine that provides the ability to create objects and see how they react to things such as gravity and air resistance etc.

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Ion drives: Science fiction or science fact?

A discussion of the possibility of ion engines and how they would work.

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Ask Jeeves for Kids!

an excellent search engine you type a question and Ask Jeeves comes up with either the solution or a series of similar questions with answers.

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Snell's Law

Applet showing refraction of light from medium 1 to medium 2. refractive indices and incident angle can be altered, and total internal reflection demonstrated.

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Refraction and total internal reflection

Applet in two parts - the first a fish's view from under water. In the second the position of the cursor is the source of a light ray. Its path from within the water to an observer appears.

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Adiabatic Process

An adiabatic process is one in which no heat is gained or lost by the system. The first law of thermodynamics with Q=0 shows that all the change in internal energy is in the form of work done.

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