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Simulating the Action Principle in Optics

  title={Simulating the Action Principle in Optics},
  author={Refath Bari},
The Principle of Least Action (PLA) in Optics can be confusing to students, in part due to the Calculus of Variations, but also because of the subtleties of the actual principle. To address this problem, three simulations of the PLA are presented so students can learn the Action Principle in an experiential and interactive manner. Simulations such as MIT's OpenRelativity and PhET's Quantum Mechanics have become a popular pedagogical tool to demystify abstract physical phenomena. This paper aims… 

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