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1

When does Superposition happen?

When two or more waves pass through each other

2

What is the Principle of Superposition?

That when two or more waves cross, the resultant displacement equals the vector sum of the individual displacements

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What two different types of Interference are there?

Constructive + Destrcutive

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When two or more waves superpose with each other, the effect is called [...........]

Intereference

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What happens when two crests interfere?

Gives a bigger crest (Constructive Interference)

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What does a trough plus a trough give?

Bigger trough (Constructive Interference)

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What does a crest plus a trough give?

Nothing (Destructive Interference)

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Which two points with a phase difference of a certain value are in phase?

zero or a MULTIPLE of 360 (degrees) 2π

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Which two points with a certain phase difference values are exactly out of phase?

Odd-Number multiples of 180 (degrees) π

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To get interference patterns the two sources must be [............]

coherent

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What is meant by Coherent Sources?

They have the same wavelength and frequency and a fixed phase difference between them.

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Constructive or Destructive Interference depends on the [...................]

path difference

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What is this term called? 'The amount by which the path travelled by one wave is longer than the path travellled by the other wave'

Path Difference

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What is the Constructive Interference Path Difference?

n λ (where n is an integer)

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What is the Destructive Interference Path Difference?

(n + 0.5) λ

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Show the apparatus used the observe interference with sound waves.

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Describe how you can observe interference with sound waves.

- Connect speakers to the same oscillator and place them in line with each other

- Walk slowly across the room in front of them

- You will hear varying volumes of sound. At the points where the sound is loudest, the path difference is a whole wavelength

- The sound will be quietest at points where the path difference is an odd number of half wavelengths

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Diagram showing waves in phase.

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Are points A and B in phase on the diagram?

YES

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Are points A and C in or Out of Phase?

Out of Phase

21

When do you get Stationary Waves?

When a Progressive Wave is Reflected at a Boundary

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What is the PROPER definition of a Stationary Wave?

A stationary wave is a superposition of two progressive waves with the same wavelength, moving in opposite directions

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Is energy transferred in a Stationary Wave?

No energy is transferred

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What are Nodes?

where the amplitude of the vibration is zero

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What are AntiNodes?

Are points of maximum amplitude

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