   Chapter 27, Problem 3CQ

Chapter
Section
Textbook Problem

How do wave effects depend on the size of the object with which the wave interacts? For example, why does sound bend around the corner of a building while does not?

To determine

How wave effects depend on size of the objects with which the wave interacts.

Explanation

Introduction:

Diffraction is the process of bending of waves around the edges of an obstacle placed in the path of the waves.

Sound waves bend around the corner of a building while light does not. This is due to diffraction. Diffraction is a property of waves and it is the process of bending of waves around the edges of an obstacle placed in the path of the waves. Diffraction occurs only if size of the obstacle is comparable with the wavelength of waves incident on the obstacle. For sound waves, the wavelengths are large and comparable with the size of the building...

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