Light is a Wave, Light is Photons


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Yolandia Winn 1A
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Light is a Wave, Light is Photons

Postby Yolandia Winn 1A » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:35 pm

If light acts like both a wave and a series of photons, are there certain instances where it is acting like one or the other, or both? Do we know or can we predict such instances?

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Re: Light is a Wave, Light is Photons

Postby 604807557 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:08 pm

Light can't simultaneously be a pure wave and photon therefore there are not any instances where it acts as both.

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Re: Light is a Wave, Light is Photons

Postby Yolandia Winn 1A » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:24 pm

My next question would then be, what instances is light acting as a series of photons vs merely a wave?

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Re: Light is a Wave, Light is Photons

Postby 604807557 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:58 pm

When light undergoes reflection, refraction, and diffraction it acts as a wave. When it packages its energy in small quanta it acts as a series of photons.


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