Question #229c3

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Sep 24, 2014

Interference is interaction between two specific frequencies whereas diffraction is interaction between a frequency and a space of equal size to its wavelength to produce a new frequency of the same wavelength.

Interference is the result of the primary signal interacting with a secondary signal of equal wavelength canceling out part or all of the primary signal. Such as the way two singers off-key will sound as though they warble as their voices move into and out of the same notes whereas two singers on key will sound as though they share a single voice.

Diffraction is the signal being deflected off course while passing through a space or slit in a material object as when a radio signal breaks up when passing through a tunnel.

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