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Ch 17: Understanding Wave Optics

About This Chapter

Use the detailed lessons presented to you in this study guide chapter to study information about wave optics. These strategies in this chapter will help you learn more about single-slit diffraction and polarization of light.

Understanding Wave Optics- Chapter Summary

Reviewing how to understand wave optics will be discussed in the lessons in this chapter. Our expert instructors will guide you through each lesson in this chapter. Throughout these lessons, you will be able to:

  • Review the difference between coherent and incoherent sources of light
  • Provide examples of thin film inference
  • Understand the double slit experiment
  • Learn how to solve single-slit diffraction problems
  • Recall the use of Malus's law
  • Explain how instant film works

The video and text lessons are each formatted a different way. The video lessons allow you to view the lesson in less than 10 minutes and skip through the lesson through video tags. The text lessons are complete with bold terms and phrases. You can take the lesson quizzes and the chapter test to assess your knowledge of the reviewed topics.

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: Understanding Wave Optics
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Coherent & Incoherent Light: Definition & Sources

1. Coherent & Incoherent Light: Definition & Sources

In this lesson, you'll learn the difference between coherent and incoherent light and consider some familiar examples, including the light we can observe from a flashlight and a laser.

How Thin Film Interference Works

2. How Thin Film Interference Works

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how thin film interference works, give examples of thin film interference in everyday life and solve simple problems. A short quiz will follow.

Double Slit Experiment: Explanation & Equation

3. Double Slit Experiment: Explanation & Equation

The double slit experiment is an idealized laboratory scenario that produces a wave interference pattern. In this article, we will discuss the basic setup of a double slit experiment and explain how the setup produces an interference pattern.

Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

4. Single-slit Diffraction: Interference Pattern & Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what single-slit diffraction is, describe and picture the pattern that it creates on a distant screen and use the equation of single-slit diffraction to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

5. Polarization of Light & Malus's Law

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what polarization of light is, list a number of examples of how polarization of light is used, state Malus's Law, and use it to solve problems involving the intensity of light through a polarizer.

How Instant Film Works

6. How Instant Film Works

Did you know that instant film is like a miniature darkroom? Every time you take a picture with an instant film camera, you set off the same chemical processes that are used in a traditional photography darkroom. Learn more in this lesson.

Chapter Practice Exam
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