   Chapter 27, Problem 5CQ

Chapter
Section
Textbook Problem

Go outside in the sunlight and observe your shadow. It has fuzzy edges even if you do not. Is this a diffraction effect? Explain.

To determine

The reason for fuzzy edges on our shadow under sunlight.

Explanation

Introduction:

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

When we go outside in the sunlight, our shadow has fuzzy edges. This is due to the diffraction effect which is a property of a wave. Diffraction is possible only if the dimension of the obstacle placed in the path of light is comparable with the wavelength of light. So, when sunlight falls on us, diffraction occurs, and a shadow is formed due to this diffraction...

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