constructive vs destructive interference

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Joanna Mendoza 3J
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constructive vs destructive interference

Postby Joanna Mendoza 3J » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:25 pm

Can someone explain the difference between constructive and destructive interference and the importance of both?

JamieVu_2C
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Re: constructive vs destructive interference

Postby JamieVu_2C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:32 pm

Constructive interference refers to waves in phase. This means that the peak of one wave interacts with the peak of another, and the trough of one wave interacts with the trough of another. Thus, the resulting wave is larger in the sense that the trough is deeper and the peak is higher.

Destructive interference refers to waves out of phase. So, the trough of one wave interacts with the peak of another, and vice versa. Accordingly, the resulting wave is smaller. Or, if the waves were the same size, the waves would cancel each other out.

rachelle1K
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Re: constructive vs destructive interference

Postby rachelle1K » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:33 pm

In destructive, the waves cancel each other out, whereas constructive adds to a wave.
With constructive, the result would be a larger wave. However, destructive would result in no wave at all, or a lesser wave than the original.

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Re: constructive vs destructive interference

Postby kpang_4H » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:35 pm

Diffraction results from constructive and destructive interference. Constructive waves are in phase, which means their crests and troughs line up with one another to result in a wave with a larger amplitude. Destructive waves are out of phase, so the resulting wave's amplitude is lower than the initial/


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