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Transcript
In the case of sound waves in air, it is air
molecules that are doing the “waving”. What is
“waving” in the case of light?
a) Electrons.
b) Protons.
c) Both a and b.
d) Electric and magnetic fields.
e) None of the above.
When you see a sinusoidal curve that is
supposed to represent light, what is the
displacement of the points on the curve from
the “x axis” supposed to represent?
a) The component of the electric field in a
particular direction.
b) The component of the magnetic field in
a particular direction.
c) Either a or b.
d) The intensity of the wave.
e) Time or position.
Does sound travel through vacuum?
a) Yes
b) No.
Does light travel through vacuum?
a) Yes
b) No.
The wave equation on your first-semester formula
sheet reads:

1
 2 2
2
 x  t
2
2
What does the y represent in the case of light
waves?
a) The electric field component in a particular
direction.
b) The magnetic field component in a particular
direction.
c) Either a or b above.
d) The displacement of a charged particle in a
direction transverse to the wave velocity
direction.
The wave equation on your first-semester formula
sheet reads:
2
2

1
 2 2
2
 x  t
What is the v in the case of light waves?
a) The speed-along-the-light-path of the charged
particles making up the light.
b) The speed-transverse-to-the-light-path of the
charged particles making up the light.
c) The rate at which the electric field is growing,
and/or, the rate at which the magnetic field is
growing.
d) None of the above.