Polarized light — pls review before final exam, Thurs
[ by Charles Cameron — actually the exam is daily, ongoing — and we’re not scoring very high marks ]
Unpolarized light vibrates in any planes:
A light wave that is vibrating in more than one plane is referred to as unpolarized light. Light emitted by the sun, by a lamp in the classroom, or by a candle flame is unpolarized light. Such light waves are created by electric charges that vibrate in a variety of directions, thus creating an electromagnetic wave that vibrates in a variety of directions. This concept of unpolarized light is rather difficult to visualize. In general, it is helpful to picture unpolarized light as a wave that has an average of half its vibrations in a horizontal plane and half of its vibrations in a vertical plane.
Polarized light vibrates in only one plane:
It is possible to transform unpolarized light into polarized light. Polarized light waves are light waves in which the vibrations occur in a single plane. The process of transforming unpolarized light into polarized light is known as polarization.
The most common method of polarization involves the use of a Polaroid filter. Polaroid filters are made of a special material that is capable of blocking one of the two planes of vibration of an electromagnetic wave. .. In this sense, a Polaroid serves as a device that filters out one-half of the vibrations upon transmission of the light through the filter. When unpolarized light is transmitted through a Polaroid filter, it emerges with one-half the intensity and with vibrations in a single plane; it emerges as polarized light.
This works either way — so to speak, either vertically, or horizontally — though not, by definition, both at once. Ohh, and there’s paradox involved:
Read the whole lesson at The Physics Classroom: Polarization — and memorize, remember?
Ali Soufan notices polarization in our political sphere wrt events we label or do not label terrorist:
Big difference in how President Trump reacted to the London Bridge and #Charlottesville car attacks.
— Ali H. Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) August 12, 2017
When Is It "Terrorism"? How The Media Covers Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators https://t.co/KSI9oLlUi0
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 20, 2017
Tim Furnish sees this polarization as avoiding mention of Islamic influence when it is clearly present:
#Charlottesville driver's car was still accelerating when "terrorism" alleged. But shouting "Allahu Akbar" & killing folks never called that
— Dr. Timothy Furnish (@Occidentaljihad) August 12, 2017
And then there’s this:
Uproar over #CharlottesvilleKKK & Jew-hate, but you all yawned last week when it was Muslim imams calling for Armageddon against Jews https://t.co/dYDUCRNyYy
— SHIREEN QUDOSI (@ShireenQudosi) August 12, 2017
Sebastian Gorka told MSNBC
https://t.co/HIMMGEOxOP"..shouts Allahu Akbar as they're..stabbing a police officer, it’s..clear it’s not..case..the mafia robbing a bank..”
— I. Ryan (@EttasPlace) August 9, 2017
Gorka in full:
Sometimes an attack is unequivocally clear for what it is. When somebody shouts ALlahu Akbar as they’re stabbing a police officer, it’s pretty clear it’s not a case of the mafia robbing a bank, wouldn’t you say so?
White House Official Gorka Claims Right Wing Attacks Are ‘Fake,’ but Data Show Something Different https://t.co/2rCas2fOKf
— Anthony Lemieux (@aflemieux) August 9, 2017
Vox is oppositely polarized to Gorka et alii:
Trump is quick to blame Muslims for terror attacks. He's slow when Muslims are the victims. https://t.co/gFH8Hv4srE
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 6, 2017
As, indeed, am I.
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Polarization has a wealth of other applications besides their use in glare-reducing sunglasses.
Like — in USian politics?
Okay, time for the test. Sample question:
A. Referring to the above question, the glare is the result of a large concentration of light aligned parallel to the water surface. To block such plane-polarized light, a filter with a vertically aligned polarization axis must be used.
August 13th, 2017 at 2:10 am
Has it been conclusively proven that it was an attack? So far, I’ve heard:
1.) Terror attack.
2.) Alt-right driver panicked and accelerated by accident
3.) Antifa driver
Which is the truth?
August 13th, 2017 at 3:14 am
Here’s what I’ve gathered:
August 13th, 2017 at 7:05 am
Via Clint Watts:
Via JJ MacNab:
August 13th, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Gorka might be referring to the phone threats to synagogues earlier this year. The press condemned Trump for not denouncing them, but the reason he didn’t was because the FBI was about to arrest the real perpretator, an Israeli teenaged hacker.
That data in the Newsweek link has some categorization errors. Racists committing crimes with premeditation is considered terror. Honor killings by Muslims, of which there are an estimated 20 – 30 per year, aren’t counted. Also, I noticed the 2014 Las Vegas spree killings on the ADL list, but they could be considered Leftists not Right Wing. That brings up the issue of what Left or Right really means in the first place. Is it a spectrum, a horse shoe, a circle?
Are there then Left and Right Islamists? At least by how they’re defined by who they oppose, which seems to be what these lists are doing.
August 13th, 2017 at 4:56 pm
Are there any Hindu, Christian or SIkh honor killings in the US? I know in the UK there are, according to police reports, and vast swathes of the Muslim world from which these never arise..
Without getting into moral relativism, there are topics upon topics where almost any generalization is liable to run into exceptions — as Hopkins said, the world is dappled..
August 13th, 2017 at 5:03 pm
Sorry, when I first typed the above comment, my “memory” dropped an earlier an totally unrelated quote into the italicised space than I’d intended — I’ve corrected it now.
Cld you explain abt Gorka and Synagogues? SG follows me on Twitter, sort of an odd honor..
August 14th, 2017 at 12:22 am
Charles, it was Jewish community centers
I’m not aware of honor killings by other ethnic groups in America. It does seem like feminist rights and women safety issues are focused on white Christians. Is that because that group is more likely to have those problems or just that it’s easier to target that group?
This is an important issue, and we definitely need to recognize and interdict threats to innocent and vulnerable citizens as well as to government institutions. Maybe for anti-terrorism we need a better understanding of what may be systemic threats, therefore potentially conflagratory, and those that are less likely to spread through a critical threshold. I understand the concerns reflected in the ADL Right Wing list, but the FBI most wanted terrorist list shows other concerns that back up Trump and Gorka.
I don’t have much experience with White Supremacists, so I would presume we should err on the side of caution. I have met some anti-government/militia types and would tend to think they aren’t at the same risk level. If we were getting into moral relativism the analogy might be between the Black Panthers and Rev Wright’s church. Or possibly between al Qaeda and the Muslim Botherhood.