The rainbow

The y coordinate of the incident light can be changed when clicking a mouse in the area of the upper half of the drop of water and doing a drag.

The angle between the incident light and the refracting light is maximized in the point that a dot has been put on the left. Even if the position of the incident light changes in the neighborhood of this point, the direction of the refracting light doesn't change too much. Therefore, the rainbow can be seen in this direction.

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Author:Sadahisa Kamikawa

Copyright(c) 1997 S.Kamikawa last update 1997.4.9

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