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Animated image GIF generation with Mathematica: Didactic simulations of electromagnetic waves and light polarization

Maria Aparecida da Concei¸c˜ao dos Santos
Organization: 1Mestrado Nacional Profissional em Ensino de F´ısica, Universidade Estadual de Maring´a, Maring´
Marinez Meneghello Passos
Organization: Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina
Sergio de Mello Arruda
Organization: Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina
Ronaldo Celso Viscovini
Organization: Universidade Estadual de Maring´a, Maring´
Journal / Anthology

Revista Brasileira de Ensino de F´ısica
Year: 2016
Volume: 38
Issue: 1

The animations and simulations are important didactic tools for physics teaching. They can assist in the visualization and understanding of complex physical phenomena. This work presents the use of Mathematica® to produce animated images to simulate electromagnetic waves propagating across polarizers and optically active means. The images are in GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), which is noted for its ease of inclusion in presentation software such as PowerPoint® or in Internet browsers such as Explorer®or Chrome®. Also it appears pedagogical application using animations, polarizing filters, optically active solution of sucrose and a liquid crystal display (LCD) which had its output polarizer removed.

*Science > Physics > Optics