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Waves and Interference

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to this session on waves. The following are two videos on interference. I shall develop the idea using a ripple tank. Then I shall derive the conditions for constructive and destructive interference.

148 Interference

149 Constructive and destructive interference


Please try these questions.

  1. Two narrow rods P and Q are held vertically at 10 cm apart. They move up and down together 4 times per second into the water in a ripple tank. Suppose that a peak of a ripple travels at 20 cm/s. Find the wavelength of the ripples.

  2. The midpoint between the rods is O. Suppose that a point R is 20 cm from P and 22.5 cm from Q. Sketch a diagram to show the positions of O, P, Q and R. Label the distances.

  3. Calculate the number of wavelengths along the line PR and the line QR. Describe and explain what happens at R.

  4. Draw a line through R that is parallel to PQ. Mark the point that is equidistant from P and Q. Label it S. Describe and explain what happens at S.

  5. Describe and explain what happens if you start from S and move along the line parallel to PQ to R, and carry on moving beyond R.

  6. Sketch a graph of the amplitude of the waves against distance from S along this line.

  7. Describe the wave along the straight line joining the two rods if rod P is not there. Describe the wave if rod Q is not there. Describe and explain the wave if both rods are present.

Past Exam Questions

In this video, I shall go through some questions from a past exam paper.

2012 H2 Physics P1 23 Double slit

2012 H2 Physics P1 24 Diffraction grating

Thanks for attending this session.

Dr Hock
29 April 2014