This page is a free multimedia tutorial relating to the wave nature of light, appropriate for high school students in an introductory physics course. Materials are formatted in Adobe Flash, with short video clips, animations, and interactive question-and-answer sets. This segment gives a straightforward explanation of Young's double-slit experiment to help beginners see that light has characteristics of both a wave and a particle. A real-life problem is included that asks users to take the role of a technician who calibrates diffraction gratings. This resource is part of a full module on the physics of optics, developed by the HippoCampus project, part of the Open Education Resources effort (OER). Of particular interest to physics teachers and learners is that each module is specifically correlated to more than a dozen widely-used physics textbooks. Click on the "Textbook" tab to use this tool. These materials could be very useful for students with certain learning disabilities. The modules are designed to spark student interest through visual appeal and are accompanied by voice narration.


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