Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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What happens if a double slit winks?

When a laser is shone upon a double slit, a closeup of the center of the pattern looks like the figure at the right. If one of the slits is covered (the left one) but the other slit remains open, what will the pattern look like? Explain how you know.

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