Wave vs. Photon

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Alma Carrera 3C
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Wave vs. Photon

Postby Alma Carrera 3C » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:25 pm

Can someone please explain what the difference is between a wave of light and a photon of light? Thanks :)

Brian Cook
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Re: Wave vs. Photon

Postby Brian Cook » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:43 pm

I think the important takeaway is that light has both the properties of a wave and a particle/photon, depending on the situation. The photoelectric experiment showed that light cannot eject electrons without the correct frequency, showing that it doesn't act like a wave, because if it always acted like a wave an increase in intensity would've been sufficient to eject the electrons from the metal surface, which it wasn't However, in the diffraction experiment, light was canceled out by its own interfering waves, showing it also has wavelike properties.

Diego Gonzalez 3F
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Re: Wave vs. Photon

Postby Diego Gonzalez 3F » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:42 pm

A photon is a packet carrying light energy. These photons travel in waves. Intensity of light can be thought of as the amount of photons.

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