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Physics 110: Electromagnetic Waves and Radiation

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The most common example of electromagnetic (EM) radiation is visible light. Everyone is very familiar with light in everyday life, you can only see things because light bounces off them and enters your eyes. This alone makes it worthwhile to learn about it but there are also very many other applications of EM radiation. It is called electromagnetic because there are electric and magnetic fields making up the radiation. We will look at this in more detail in this tutorial.

You should have learnt about the basic properties of waves before now, specifically about reflection and refraction. In this tutorial, you will learn about phenomena that arise with waves in two and three dimensions: diffraction. We will also build on interference which you have learnt about previously but now in more than one dimension. Finally, we will explore Doppler effect with light.

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