CHAPTER 1: WAVES
1.5 Analysing Interference of Waves
PRINCIPLE OF
SUPERPOSITION
• 1
The Principle of superposition
states that at any instant, the
wave
displacement
of
the
com...
PRINCIPLE OF
SUPERPOSITION
• 2
Figures 1.46 (a), (b) and (c) show the
combined amplitude produced when two waves,
both of ...
PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION
PRINCIPLE OF
SUPERPOSITION
• 3
Interference pattern is a result
of the superpositions of waves.
INTEFERENCE OF WAVES
When two or more waves meet, they
superpose or combine at a particular point.
The waves are said to i...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 1
Interference is the superposition of two waves
originating from two coherent sources. Sources
wh...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 2
The superposition of two waves emitted from
coherent sources gives either constructive or
destru...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 3
Constructive interference occurs when the
crests or troughs of both waves coincide to
produce a ...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 4
Destructive interference occurs when the crest of
one wave coincides with the trough of the othe...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 5
Figure 1.47 shows the occurrence of constructive
interference and destructive interference.
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• 6
An antinode is a point where constructive
interference occurs, whereas a node is a point
where d...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of water
waves
(I)

Different wavelengths (

λ)

...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of water
waves
(I)

λ

Different wavelengths (

)...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of
water waves
(I)
Different wavelengths (
)

λ

...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
λ

(I)
Different wavelengths (
(c)Fixed Variables:

)

(i) Distance between two sources (a)
(ii) Dis...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (I) Different wavelengths ( )
λ
• Apparatus/Materials
• Ripple tank, spherical dippers and mechani...
λ

• (I) Different wavelengths ( )
• Procedure
• 1
A ripple tank is set up with two spherical dippers
in contact with the ...
λ

• (I) Different wavelengths ( )
• Procedure
• 3
The motor and the rheostat are adjusted to
operate the motor at low fre...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (I) Different wavelengths (
• Observation

λ

)
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (I)

Different wavelengths (

• Discussion

λ

)

• 1
Table 1.2 shows that when the two waves comb...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Discussion
• 2
In some regions where the water is still,
without any ripples, the crests and troug...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES

λ

• (I) Different wavelengths (
)
• 3
The results in Table 1.7 shows that when the
frequency is hi...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Conclusion
• The distance between two consecutive node lines or
node lines (x) increases when the ...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES

λ

• (I) Different wavelengths (
• Conclusion

The hypothesis is valid.

)
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances between the two sources of
waves (a)
• How is the distance between the tw...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances between the two sources of
waves (a)
• Hypothesis
• If the distance betwe...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
(II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a)
Variables
(a) Manipulated : Distance b...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances between the two sources of
waves (a)
• Apparatus/Materials
• Ripple tank,...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances
between the two sources of
waves (a)
• Procedure
• 1
The ripple tank is s...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances
between the two sources of
waves (a)
• Procedure
• 4
The interference
pat...
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• (II) Different distances between the two sources of
waves (a)
• Observations
INTERFERENCE OF WAVES
• Conclusion
• The distance between two consecutive node (or
antinode) lines, x, is inversely propor...
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ,
A, X AND D

• Keys:
• a = distance between two coherent sources
•
= wavelength
•λ x = distance betw...
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ,
A, X AND D
• From the interference pattern (Figure 1.52) and
factors that influence the interferenc...
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ,
A, X AND D
• Example 10
• In the interference of two coherent sources of
a
waves, the separation be...
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ,
A, X AND D
• Example 10
• Solution
• Substituting a = 3 cm, x = 4 cm, D = 15 cm into the
formula
• ...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 1
Interference of light waves, like that of water
waves and sound waves, also requires two c...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 2
Waves emitted from two coherent sources have
the same frequency (or wavelength) and in pha...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 3
Light emitted by a single source consists of
waves which extend over a wide range of
wavel...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 4
In 1801, Thomas Young produced two coherent
light sources in his experiment now referred t...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5
Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:
• (a) Yellow light emitted by a sodium-vapour...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5
Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:
• Figure 1.53 Young's double-slit experiment
...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5

Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:

• (b) Slits S1, and S2 give rise to two coh...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5
Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:
• (c) Interference occurs as a result of the ...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• (d) The bright fringes are
regions where
constructive interference
occurs, whereas the dark
...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5
Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:
• (e) Figure 1.54 shows the interference patt...
INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT
WAVES
• 5
Principle of Young's double-slit experiment:
• (f) The widths of the bright and dark fring...
INTERFERENCE OF SOUND
WAVES
QUIZ:
1. When coherent sound waves propagate
from two loudspeakers of 2 m apart, an
observer can hear the loudest sound. T...
QUIZ: Interference and refraction
Diagram below shows the interference pattern of water waves.
Rajah dibawah menunjukkan c...
Factors affecting interference pattern
53

1. D x
Dαx
2. λ x
λαx
3. a ↓ x
aα 1
x

x = Dλ
a
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  1. 1. CHAPTER 1: WAVES 1.5 Analysing Interference of Waves
  2. 2. PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION • 1 The Principle of superposition states that at any instant, the wave displacement of the combined motion of any number of interacting waves at a point is the sum of the displacements of all the component waves at that point. • The principle of superposition states that the when two /more waves meet at a certain point, the resultant displacement at that point is the vector sum of the individual waves
  3. 3. PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION • 2 Figures 1.46 (a), (b) and (c) show the combined amplitude produced when two waves, both of amplitude a, from opposite directions meet.
  4. 4. PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION
  5. 5. PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION • 3 Interference pattern is a result of the superpositions of waves.
  6. 6. INTEFERENCE OF WAVES When two or more waves meet, they superpose or combine at a particular point. The waves are said to interfere.
  7. 7. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 1 Interference is the superposition of two waves originating from two coherent sources. Sources which are coherent produce waves of the same frequency (f), amplitude (a) and in phase. Wave A Wave B
  8. 8. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 2 The superposition of two waves emitted from coherent sources gives either constructive or destructive interference.
  9. 9. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 3 Constructive interference occurs when the crests or troughs of both waves coincide to produce a wave with crests and troughs of maximum amplitude.
  10. 10. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 4 Destructive interference occurs when the crest of one wave coincides with the trough of the other wave, thus canceling each other with the result that the resultant amplitude is zero
  11. 11. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 5 Figure 1.47 shows the occurrence of constructive interference and destructive interference.
  12. 12. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • 6 An antinode is a point where constructive interference occurs, whereas a node is a point where destructive interference occurs. From Figure 1.48, it can be seen that the antinodes line joins all antinodes while the node lie joins all nodes.
  13. 13. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of water waves (I) Different wavelengths ( λ) • Problem statement What is the relationship between the wavelength, λ, and the distance between two adjacent node lines (or antinode lines), x, in the interference pattern?
  14. 14. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of water waves (I) λ Different wavelengths ( ) • Hypothesis The distance between two adjacent node lines (or antinode lines), x, increases as the wavelength increases.
  15. 15. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Experiment 1.8 : To investigate the interference of water waves (I) Different wavelengths ( ) λ • Variables: • (a) Manipulated:Frequency of the dippers or wavelength • (b) Responding: Distance between two consecutive node lines, or, antinode lines (x)
  16. 16. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES λ (I) Different wavelengths ( (c)Fixed Variables: ) (i) Distance between two sources (a) (ii) Distance from sources to the point where the distance between two adjacent node lines or antinode lines (x) is measured (D)
  17. 17. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (I) Different wavelengths ( ) λ • Apparatus/Materials • Ripple tank, spherical dippers and mechanical stroboscope.
  18. 18. λ • (I) Different wavelengths ( ) • Procedure • 1 A ripple tank is set up with two spherical dippers in contact with the surface of the water. • 2 The distance between the two spherical dippers is fixed at 4 cm.
  19. 19. λ • (I) Different wavelengths ( ) • Procedure • 3 The motor and the rheostat are adjusted to operate the motor at low frequency. • 4 The pattern of the interference of the waves is observed with a stroboscope and the pattern is drawn. • 5 Steps 3 and 4 are repeated with the vibrator operating at a higher frequency. The waves produced have a shorter wavelength. Low f High f
  20. 20. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (I) Different wavelengths ( • Observation λ )
  21. 21. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (I) Different wavelengths ( • Discussion λ ) • 1 Table 1.2 shows that when the two waves combined to produce waves of larger amplitude as shown by the regions which are bright (where the crests of the two waves coincide) and the darker regions (where the troughs coincide). This part of the pattern of waves shows the crests and troughs which are reinforced as a result of constructive interference.
  22. 22. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Discussion • 2 In some regions where the water is still, without any ripples, the crests and troughs of the two waves coincide and eliminate each other (destructive interference). Since the amplitude is zero, there is no wave motion.
  23. 23. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES λ • (I) Different wavelengths ( ) • 3 The results in Table 1.7 shows that when the frequency is higher, i.e., the wavelength is shorter, the distance between two adjacent node lines or antinode lines, x, is smaller.
  24. 24. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Conclusion • The distance between two consecutive node lines or node lines (x) increases when the wavelength of the water waves ( ) from the source increases. λ ⇒ xαλ
  25. 25. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES λ • (I) Different wavelengths ( • Conclusion The hypothesis is valid. )
  26. 26. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • How is the distance between the two sources of waves, a, related to the distance between two adjacent node lines or antinode lines, x, in the interference pattern?
  27. 27. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • Hypothesis • If the distance between two sources of waves, a, is decreased, the distance between two consecutive node lines or antinode lines, x, increases.
  28. 28. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) Variables (a) Manipulated : Distance between the two sources (a) (b) Responding: Distance between the two consecutive node, or antinode lines (x) • (c) Fixed: • (i) Frequency of dippers (f) or wavelength (λ) • (ii) Distance from sources to the point where the distance between two adjacent node, or antinode lines (x) is measured (D) • • • •
  29. 29. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • Apparatus/Materials • Ripple tank, Spherical dippers, metre rule and mechanical stroboscope
  30. 30. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • Procedure • 1 The ripple tank is set up as shown in Figure 1.49. • 2 The distance between two spherical dippers, a, is fixed at 4 cm. • 3 The motor is switched on and the rheostat is adjusted to obtain waves with medium wavelength.
  31. 31. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • Procedure • 4 The interference pattern is observed with stroboscope and the pattern is drawn. • 5 Steps 3 and 4 are repeated with the distance between the two spherical dippers reduced to 2 cm
  32. 32. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • (II) Different distances between the two sources of waves (a) • Observations
  33. 33. INTERFERENCE OF WAVES • Conclusion • The distance between two consecutive node (or antinode) lines, x, is inversely proportional to the distance between the two sources. 1 ⇒ xα a • The hypothesis is valid.
  34. 34. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN , A, X AND D • Keys: • a = distance between two coherent sources • = wavelength •λ x = distance between two consecutive node (or antinode)lines • D = distance from the two sources to the point of measurement of x
  35. 35. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN , A, X AND D • From the interference pattern (Figure 1.52) and factors that influence the interference pattern in Experiment 1.8, we found that xαλ and xα 1 a λ ⇒ xα a λ x=D a ax ∴λ = D
  36. 36. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN , A, X AND D • Example 10 • In the interference of two coherent sources of a waves, the separation between two spherical dippers is 3 cm and the distance between two x D consecutive node lines is 4 cm measured at a distance of 15 cm from the two coherent sources of λ waves. Calculate the wavelength of the water waves originating from the sources. ax λ= D
  37. 37. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN , A, X AND D • Example 10 • Solution • Substituting a = 3 cm, x = 4 cm, D = 15 cm into the formula • λ = ax D 3x4 • λ= 15 • = 0.8 cm
  38. 38. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 1 Interference of light waves, like that of water waves and sound waves, also requires two coherent sources.
  39. 39. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 2 Waves emitted from two coherent sources have the same frequency (or wavelength) and in phase.
  40. 40. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 3 Light emitted by a single source consists of waves which extend over a wide range of wavelengths and are not in phase. Because of this, it is difficult to have two sources of light which are coherent.
  41. 41. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 4 In 1801, Thomas Young produced two coherent light sources in his experiment now referred to as Young's double-slit experiment.
  42. 42. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • (a) Yellow light emitted by a sodium-vapour lamp has a very narrow frequency band. For all practical purposes, it can be considered as monochromatic light which is light of only one frequency or wavelength.
  43. 43. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • Figure 1.53 Young's double-slit experiment •
  44. 44. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • (b) Slits S1, and S2 give rise to two coherent light sources since the light passing through them are from the same monochromatic light, the sodium-vapour lamp.
  45. 45. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • (c) Interference occurs as a result of the superposition of the two light waves originating from S1 and S2. A pattern consisting of a series of parallel and alternating bright and dark fringes is formed. •
  46. 46. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • (d) The bright fringes are regions where constructive interference occurs, whereas the dark fringes are regions of destructive interference.
  47. 47. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • (e) Figure 1.54 shows the interference pattern obtained in Young's double-slit experiment. • Figure 1.54
  48. 48. INTERFERENCE OF LIGHT WAVES • 5 Principle of Young's double-slit experiment: • (f) The widths of the bright and dark fringes are the same.
  49. 49. INTERFERENCE OF SOUND WAVES
  50. 50. QUIZ: 1. When coherent sound waves propagate from two loudspeakers of 2 m apart, an observer can hear the loudest sound. The loudspeakers are connected to a source waves with a frequency of 500 Hz and observer walks a distance of 10 m in front of the loudspeakers. If the speed of sound is 300 ms-1, what is the distance between two consecutive loudest sounds heard by the observer?
  51. 51. QUIZ: Interference and refraction Diagram below shows the interference pattern of water waves. Rajah dibawah menunjukkan corak interferen gelombang air.  What happens to the separation between  two  consecutive nodal lines, x,  if the depth  of  water in the ripple tank is increased?   Apakah yang akan berlaku kepada jarak pemisahan 2 garisan nodal berturutan, x,  jika kedalaman air dalam  tangki riak meningkat?  A.  Unchanged / Tidak berubah   B.  Increase / Bertambah  C.  Decrease / Berkurang 
  52. 52. Factors affecting interference pattern 53 1. D x Dαx 2. λ x λαx 3. a ↓ x aα 1 x x = Dλ a
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