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AP Physics Topic 24-A Examples

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 16:43
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  • Posted: 09/12/2010

This lesson is part of the following series:

AP Physics Homework Examples – Full Course (50 lessons, $29.70)
Waves & Optics – AP Physics Homework Examples (7 lessons, $5.94)

Advanced Placement (AP) Physics teachers explain how to complete homework problems in "Wave Optics." Each of the 4 tutorials explains a different problem or problems in detail, complete with equations, diagrams, and hints for successful Physics problem solving. Specific topics included in this lesson are: frequency, wavelength, and velocity of electromagnetic waves, double-slit interference, diffraction grating interference, and path difference of light. PDF files of the problems and solutions for the tutorials in this lesson are also included.
Applicable to AP Physics or Non-Calculus College Physics (and some lower level physics.)

Tutorials included in this lesson:
24-1: Electromagnetic Waves
24-2: Double-Slit Interference
24-3: Double-Slit Interference (II)
24-4: Diffraction Grating Interference

The tutorials in this lesson are also part of the following series:

- "AP Physics Waves & Optics Homework Examples" which includes 7 lessons (30 tutorials) in simple harmonic motion, sound waves, reflection and refraction, mirrors and lenses, and wave optics.

- "AP Physics Homework Examples – Full Course" which includes 50 lessons (230 tutorials) in all topics of Physics: Mechanics, Fluids, and Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Waves and Optics, and Modern Physics.

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  • Solution_Slides_-_Topic_24-A.pdf Solution_Slides_-_Topic_24-A.pdf

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Sioux Falls Physics Teachers
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Barb Newitt, Brad Newitt, and Jeff Berndt are the AP Physics Teachers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They have led their own students to great success in their classrooms, and now they're ready to be your "online tutors" for AP or College Physics! Their homework example videos make the often difficult subject of Physics easier to understand and are a valuable resource to any Physics student. Most videos are designed for AP Physics or College Physics courses, but some will apply to lower levels of Physics as well.


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Wave Optics
(Part A):

24-1: Electromagnetic Waves (at 0:10)
Determine the wavelength of radio waves produced by a station operating at a frequency of 96.5 MHz.

24-2: Double-Slit Interference (at 1:48)
Laser light laser passes through a double slit of separation .25 mm and strikes a screen 3.5 m away. The 1st bright region is located .00886 m from the central maximum. Determine the wavelength of the laser and the path difference from the slits to this bright region.

24-3: Double-Slit Interference (II) (at 6:13)
Light of wavelength 589 nm passes through a double slit of separation .75 mm and strikes a screen 1.0 m away. Determine the locations of the 1st and 2nd dark bands in the interference pattern.

24-4: Diffraction Grating Interference (at 11:52)
Light from a 532 nm laser pointer shines through a diffraction grating of 550 lines/mm. The interference pattern appears on a screen 2.25 m away. Determine the location of the 1st band of bright light.

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