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31. Interference

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Learning Objectives

  • To observe interference effects with visible light and with microwaves, and to understand why that implies that light is a wave phenomena.
  • To understand how interference sometimes produces maxima and sometimes produces minima.
  • To be able to calculate the regions of constructive and destructive interference due to interference from a double slit.

Preparation

Course Notes

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Interference and Diffraction (PDF)

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Self-Assessment

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Concept Questions

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Challenge Problems

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