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PHYSICS 1L03 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Ripple Tank, Wind Wave, Unit

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UNIT 4 The Wave Nature of Light Test Review
E1. To analyse technologies that use the wave nature of light, and assess their impact on society and the
E2. To investigate, in qualitative and quantitative terms, the properties of waves and light, and solve related
E3. To demonstrate an understanding of the properties of waves and light in relation to diffraction, refraction,
interference, and polarization.
1. Waves and Light (Chapter 9) - I can:
use appropriate terminology related to the wave nature of light, including, but not limited to: diffraction,
dispersion, wave interference, nodal line, phase, oscillate, polarization, and electromagnetic radiation
conduct and discuss inquiries involving the diffraction and interference of waves, using ripple tanks or
computer simulations
conduct inquiries involving the diffraction, refraction, polarization, and interference of light waves (e.g., shine
lasers through single, double, and multiple slits; observe a computer simulation of Young’s double-slit
experiment; measure the index of refraction of different materials; observe the effect of crossed polarizing
filters on transmitted light)
analyse diffraction and interference of water waves and light waves (e.g., with reference to two-point source in
a ripple tank, thin-film interference, single-slit interference, multiple-slit interference), and solve related
describe and explain the properties of waves including the diffraction and interference of water waves in two
describe the various theories of light as a particle and as a wave; describe the wave-particle duality of light
2. Applications of the Wave Nature of Light (Chapter 10) - I can:
analyse, with reference to the principles related to the wave nature of light, a technology that uses these
principles (e.g., Xeon lights, spectroscopes, polarized sunglasses)
describe and explain the diffraction, refraction, total internal reflection, polarization, and interference of light
waves (e.g., reduced resolution caused by diffraction, mirages caused by refraction, polarization caused by
reflection and filters, thin-film interference in soap films and air wedges, interference of light on CDs)
use the concepts of refraction, diffraction, polarization, and wave interference to explain the
separation of light into colours in various situations (e.g., light travelling through a prism; light contacting thin
film, soap film, stressed plastic between two polarizing filters)
describe, in qualitative terms, the production of electromagnetic radiation by an oscillating electric
dipole (e.g., a radio transmitter, a microwave emitter, an X-ray emitter, electron energy transitions in an atom)
3. Overall - I can:
show all of my work including drawing appropriate diagrams
round answers to the correct # of sig. digs. and account for direction as needed
Suggested Review Problems:
Ch.9 pgs. 494- 499
Ch.10 pgs. 550-555
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