Waves, Sound and Light: Light Waves
Light Waves: Audio Guided Solution
A radio station has two antennae which are used to broadcast their 582 kHz radio wave signal. The Robinson family, who lives in the Cedar Ridge subdivision, have very poor reception when tuned to this signal due to the destructive interference of radio waves from the two antennae. The Robinson home is located a distance of 13.78 km from the nearest antenna. What is the likely minimum distance from the Robinson’s home to the furthest antenna?
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Read About It!
Get more information on the topic of Light Waves at The Physics Classroom Tutorial.
- Anatomy of a Two-Point Source Interference Pattern
- The Path Difference
- Other Applications of Two Point Source Interference
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