Destructive Interference

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Ryan Juncker 3D
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Destructive Interference

Postby Ryan Juncker 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:37 pm

Can someone please elaborate on destructive interference for me?

Deepika Reddy 1A
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Re: Destructive Interference

Postby Deepika Reddy 1A » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:44 pm

Destructive interference has to do with the diffraction pattern which is when the peaks or troughs of waves traveling along one path interferes with the peaks and troughs of waves traveling along another path. Destructive interference is when the peaks of one wave interfere with the troughs of another wave and it causes the amplitude to decrease.

Eva Zhao 4I
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Re: Destructive Interference

Postby Eva Zhao 4I » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:40 am

Just to add on, destructive interference occurs when waves come together in a way that they cancel each other out. While usually in between for a result of smaller amplitude, destructive interference can produce zero amplitude in the right conditions. Note that when two waves interfere destructively, they must typically have the same amplitude in opposite directions.

Doreen Liu 4D
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Re: Destructive Interference

Postby Doreen Liu 4D » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:07 am

Destructive interference can only happen when the trough of one wave meets the peak of another wave. In other words, if they are the "opposite," then they will cancel out.

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