WHAT MAKES POLARIZED LENSES SO

PROTECTIVE
BY:ALISTAIR FLYNN
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INTRODUCTION
What exactly do polarized lenses
do for you? This question can be
simply answered; they protect your
eyes from the dangerous UV rays
of the sun. But the question that
many people wonder is how exactly
do they work. What causes this
protection that is especially needed
in Florida?
SCIENCE
When traveling, light waves move transversely as electromagnetic
waves. This means that as they move, they vibrate. Fluorescent lights,
candle light, and the sun create natural, visible light meaning that they
vibrate in random directions. Polarized vibrations move in
vibrations parallel to the polarizing lines. In order to polarize lenses
lines are made across them parallel to each other to counter act the
perpendicular motion of the light waves. Light will only ever pass
through the polarized lenses when the polarization axes are parallel but
not when they are at a right angle to each other. This allows only a few
of the light waves to enter through your lenses causing greater
protection for your eyes.
POLARIZED
This image above is an example of polarized light.
This shows the vertical vibrations that ,when hit by
the polarized lenses, are canceled out.
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UNPOLARIZED
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This image shows naturally un-polarized light. The
vibrations, as you can see, move in all different
directions.
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As stated before light
travels in vibrations.
This image shows you
exactly how polarized
lenses work.
A right angle of the
vibrations and the lines
is what in turn cancels
out the harmful rays.
HOW IT WORKS
VOCABULARY
Polarization- The aligning of vibrations in a transverse wave,
usually filtering out waves of other directions.
Vertical- Up and down
Horizontal- Side to side right to left
Electromagnetic Waves- A wave that is partly electric and
partly magnetic and carries energy. Emitted by vibrating
electric charges.
Transverse- Vibrations at right angles to the direction the
wave is traveling.
SURVEY
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RELATED LINKS
THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS WERE USED TO
HELP GATHER INFORMATION ON
POLARIZATION
Mrs. Pecks Home
This website has great links
to other scientific websites
Physics Classroom
This website provides good
information to help learn about
polarization
Wikipedia
This website provides well
written (although sometimes
confusing) information on
polarization