Light is an electromagnetic wave, and can reflect, refract, and diffract. By understanding how light (and other waves) behave at interfaces and boundaries, we can not only understand a wide variety of natural phenomena, but also harness these waves for use in a variety of applications, ranging from eye glasses, binoculars and telescopes to manufacturing, medicine, and microelectronics!
- Explain the law of reflection.
- Analyze the behavior of plane and curved mirrors.
- Understand and apply Snell’s law.
- Calculate the index of refraction in a medium.
- Determine the critical angle for an interface.
- Analyze the behavior of convex and concave lenses.
- Relate the diffraction of light to its wave characteristics.
- Describe Young’s double-slit experiment.
- Recognize characteristics of EM waves and determine the type of EM wave based on its characteristics.
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