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Jennifer Torres 2L
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Postby Jennifer Torres 2L » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:04 pm

Can anyone explain how light can be both a particle and a wave I don't understand how it can be both since they have completely different properties.

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Re: Wave/particles

Postby skyeblee2F » Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:47 pm

As explained by wave-particle duality, light exhibits characteristics of both waves and particles. In the case of the photoelectric effect, light acts as particles, while in the case of the DeBroglie theorem, light acts as a wave. In sum, "wave" and "particles" are terms that can not be used to fully characterize light.

dgerges 4H
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Re: Wave/particles

Postby dgerges 4H » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:11 pm

yeah they have both properties seemingly at the same time

Tony Chung 2I
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Re: Wave/particles

Postby Tony Chung 2I » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:58 pm

You can see the similarities through the wave-particle duality. Light has very similar qualities of both wave and particles.

Sophia Fox 4B
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Re: Wave/particles

Postby Sophia Fox 4B » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:28 pm

One specific example regarding how light can be wave and particle is the intensity. In the wave model, the intensity is the amplitude squared, but in the particle model the intensity is the number of photons. Hope this helps.

Eunice Lee 1A
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Re: Wave/particles

Postby Eunice Lee 1A » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:55 pm

Light acts as a particle because it releases in streams of photons, and it acts as a wave because it can be intensified.

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