Michelson Interferometer: Applications Video


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What does a Michelson Interferometer physically do?

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1. What is the purpose of a half-silvered mirror?

2. Which of the following is NOT a use of a Michelson Interferometer?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the applications of the Michelson Interferometer. Topics on the quiz include what a Michelson Interferometer does physically and the purpose of a half-silvered mirror.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • What a Michelson Interferometer does
  • Purpose of a half-silvered mirror
  • Uses of the interferometer
  • First historical use of the interferometer
  • Conclusion of Michelson and Morley's experiment

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what a Michelson Interferometer does and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the first historical use of the interferometer
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related physics lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the corresponding lesson titled Michelson Interferometer: Applications. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a Michelson interferometer is
  • Explain what is commonly used to split the beams of light
  • Identify how ether was disproven historically
  • Describe how interference patterns were tested by Michelson and Morley
  • Appreciate the various uses of the Michelson Interferometer