## Difference between photon vs particle

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derinceltik1K
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### Difference between photon vs particle

I thought they were interchangeable, but it seems like one is more appropriate than the other in some instances. Can someone explain?

Callum Guo 1H
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### Re: Difference between photon vs particle

I think it's because photons are a type of particle with the unique property that they are both a particle with wavelike properties

Tiffany Vo 3G
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### Re: Difference between photon vs particle

Photons also don't have a discernable mass while other particles do, so sometimes using photon over particle would be more specific.

Jenna Ortiguerra 4G
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### Re: Difference between photon vs particle

Photons are considered particles of light and are unique in which they're both a particle and a wave. Therefore, between a photon and a particle, a photon would be more specific, as a particle is more vast, defined by it's small size and several physical/chemical properties.

Maya Gollamudi 1G
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### Re: Difference between photon vs particle

Photons refer to a specific type of particle- the discrete packets of light energy. In certain behaviors of light (like the photoelectric effect) the photons of light behave like general particles, whereas some of its other behaviors (diffraction) are wavelike.

Melvin Reputana 1L
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### Re: Difference between photon vs particle

All quantum objects, ex: photons and electrons, exhibit wave-like and particle-like properties. However, what distinguishes a photon from a particle is that a photon has zero rest mass compared to a particle. Photons also carry no electromagnetic charge compared to an electron which is negatively charged.