Interference.

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405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F
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Interference.

Postby 405404782 Gabriel Rigole 4F » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:20 pm

How do constructive and destructive interference affect an electrons' behavior?

Alex Chen 2L
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Re: Interference.

Postby Alex Chen 2L » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:38 pm

In the same way as with other waves or particles with wave-like properties, where constructive interference increases amplitudes of waves that are in phase, and destructive interference decreases amplitudes of waves that are out of phase. The fact that electrons have observable constructive and destructive interference (as seen by diffraction patterns) proves that small particles such as electrons have wave-like properties. So it does not really affect electron behavior per se, but simply is a property of electron behavior as a wave.

Aiden Metzner 2C
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Re: Interference.

Postby Aiden Metzner 2C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:43 pm

As illustrated in Professor Lavelle's standing wave diagram, energy levels can be seen through the electrons patterns of constructive and destructive interference patterns. You can visualize an electrons wave pattern by looking at the standing wave motion and how it switches from peaks to valleys, in between these peaks and valleys is the energy level.


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