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Wave Properties: Constructive and Destructive Interference

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:35 pm
by Rebekah Kaufman 1L
I know that constructive interference of wave particles causes the amplitude of the combined waves to increase and that in the case of destructive interference, the amplitude decreases, but I am confused about what the significance of the changes in amplitude mean. I'd appreciate it if someone could explain the significance. Thank you.

Re: Wave Properties: Constructive and Destructive Interference

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:39 pm
by Ismail 1F
The significance of amplitude is that it measures the amount of energy a wave carries, so it will determine the intensity of a wave in comparison to other waves with different amplitudes. The higher the amplitude, the greater the intensity of the wave. Hope that helps!

Re: Wave Properties: Constructive and Destructive Interference

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:45 pm
by Samantha Draghi 1L
The way I understood it is that changes in amplitude measures the amount of photons in a wave this means that the increase in amplitude would increase the amount of energy.