Driving Question: How can electromagnetic waves be used to determine the shape and structure of a nanoscopic object? Is light a wave or a particle?
Synopsis: Students will investigate the diffraction patterns that are created by different structures.
Physical Science NYSSLS Standards: Students will
Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model (quantum theory), and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.
Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.
OPT 110 Topics:
Sources of Light – fluorescence, the spectrum of light sources
Our Understanding of Light – properties of waves
How Light Behaves – interference, diffraction
Light in Technology and Industry – lasers