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This text is meant to accompany class discussions. It is not everything there is to know about uniform circular motion. It is meant as a  prep for class. More detailed notes and examples are given in the class notes, presentations, and demonstrations. See the links below.

Single Slit Diffraction Experiment

When waves pass through a single opening that is large compared to the wavelength, λ, the waves bend a little showing the dirrection.


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But if the opening is made smaller, on the scale of the wavelength itself, the waves bend signifcantly.

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This video will give you a basic analysis of the single slit.

This video can be found on YouTube at


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by Tony Wayne ...(If you are a teacher, please feel free to use these resources in your teaching.)