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Problem: Two sources of coherent radio waves broadcasting in phase are located as shown below. Each grid square is 0.5 m square, and the radio sources broadcast at λ = 2.0 m.1. At Point A, is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?a) constructiveb) destructive 2. At Point B is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?a) constructiveb) destructive 3. At Point C is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?a) constructiveb) destructive 4. At Point D is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?a) constructiveb) destructive 

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Interference condition:

L=nλ

Constructive interference occurs when the path difference between the two waves is an integral multiple of the wavelength. That is, when ΔL = mλ.

Destructive interference occurs when the path difference is ΔL = (m + a)λ.

In this problem, a = 0.5.

Replace n with m and solve:

Solving for m,

m=Lλ  

1. 

LA1 = (6)(0.5) = 3 m (Distance from point A to the left source)

LA2 = (6)(0.5) = 3 m (Distance from A to the source in the right). 

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Two sources of coherent radio waves broadcasting in phase are located as shown below. Each grid square is 0.5 m square, and the radio sources broadcast at λ = 2.0 m.

1. At Point A, is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?

a) constructive

b) destructive 


2. At Point B is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?

a) constructive

b) destructive

3. At Point C is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?

a) constructive

b) destructive 


4. At Point D is the interference between the two sources constructive or destructive?

a) constructive

b) destructive 

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