Light as a Wave

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Light as a Wave

Postby Nasir_Ahmed » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:07 pm

So light as a wave is not an actual fact? It is just a mathematical representation to help us understand the equation? Do we have any idea how light moves?

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Re: Light as a Wave

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Re: Light as a Wave

Postby Kim » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:38 pm

Light has properties of both waves and particles,

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Re: Light as a Wave

Postby Lindsey Lill » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:19 pm

When learning about the photoelectric effect, it's more helpful to think of the light as particles, because the individual particles need to have enough energy to overcome threshold energy. Intensifying the whole wave by just shooting more and more particles won't help anything.

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