Question about diffraction patterns

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Paige Lee 1A
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Question about diffraction patterns

Postby Paige Lee 1A » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:35 pm

When classical particles hit a barrier with two or more holes, do the particles that pass through the holes give rise to an observed diffraction pattern?
Why is the correct answer "no" ?

Abby Soriano 1J
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Re: Question about diffraction patterns

Postby Abby Soriano 1J » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:41 pm

If we're speaking on the subject of classical particles, they would not give rise to diffraction patterns when passing through the holes in the barrier since diffraction patterns result only from interacting waves. Since the particle is acting as a particle alone, it would not have diffraction patterns since it doesn't act as a wave; it would merely pass through the holes in a straight line.

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Re: Question about diffraction patterns

Postby GFolk_1D » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:08 pm

I hope this image helps clarify as well!

Jocelyn Thorp 1A
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Re: Question about diffraction patterns

Postby Jocelyn Thorp 1A » Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:44 am

I would recommend checking out the crash course video "Light Is Waves: Crash Course Physics #39" . The entire video is very helpful.

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