Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 24 - The Wave Nature of Light - Questions: 3

Answer

Light waves have a much shorter wavelength than sound waves, which affects their ability to diffract.

Work Step by Step

Diffraction refers to the bending of waves around corners or obstacles. It is most apparent when the size of the obstacle is about the size of the wavelength. Sound waves have much larger wavelengths than light waves. The diffraction of light waves around corners is not apparent because of their very short wavelength.
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