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Seeing Interference Fringes

Demonstrate the wave nature of light by projecting interference patterns. Detecting the interference of waves is one of the most powerful methods in science for measuring wave phenomena, and using the waves and their interference can reveal underlying details of their sources and the materials through which they travel.


Stephen J. Edberg

Date Accepted: 2006-06-16 Grade Group: Middle School (6-8) Benchmarks: M4.3.3 M4.3.4 M4.3.5 M4.3.6 M4.3.10 M4.3.19 M4.4.4 M4.4.5 M4.4.6 S15.4.4 S15.4.5 S15.4.6 Keywords: laser interference pattern fringes wave nature of light Microsoft Word: 09_21_05_1.docx PDF Document: 09_21_05_1.pdf