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Physics Unit 4 AOS 2 - How are light and matter similar?

Learning Areas and Capabilities
VCE - Physics
Audience
VCE Unit 4
Available
Online
VCE Module
Students will learn about the behaviour of light, matter as particles or waves and similarities between light and matter

This unit is composed of three different modules that can be completed individually (approximately 4 hours each). The modules include:

Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.1 - Behaviour of light

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to investigate the following:   

  • Diffraction and its limitations  

  • Photoelectric effect       

  • Limitation of the wave model of light in explaining experimental results related to the photoelectric effect.

Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.2 -Matter as particles or waves

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to investigate the following:   

  • Interpret electron diffraction patterns as evidence for the wave-like nature of matter. 

  • Distinguish between the diffraction patterns produced by photons and electrons.   

  • Calculate the de Broglie wavelength of matter

Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.3 -Similarities between light and matter

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:   

  • Compare the momentum of photons and matter travelling with the same wavelength.  

  • Study, interpret and analyse atomic absorption and emission line spectra, 

  • Study quantised states of the atom.    

  • Interpret the single photon/electron double slit experiment. 

  • Explain how diffraction illustrates Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. 

  • Explain why classical laws of physics are not appropriate to model motion at very small scales.                 

  • Compare the production of light from lasers, synchrotrons, LEDs and incandescent lights.

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Duration
Module
Duration
Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.1 - Behaviour of light
4 hours
Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.2 - Matter as particles or waves
4 hours
Physics Unit 4 AOS 2: 2.3 - Similarities between light and matter
4 hours
This is an estimate of the time required by students to complete the program. Progress is saved as students complete the program, and this does not need to be completed in one continuous block.
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