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This activity from the Exploratorium provides an introduction to the diffraction of light and clearly demonstrates light's wavelike properties.  The materials are two pencils and a Mini-MagliteĀ®.  The site contains an explanation of the observed diffraction patterns  and also extension activities.
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- Interference
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Keywords: band, diffraction, interference, wave
Record Creator: Metadata instance created June 12, 2006 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: May 06, 2008 by Lyle Barbato
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