Optics and Light Physics

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What branch of physics studies the behaviour and properties of light?


Which model of light treats light as a collection of rays that travel in straight lines and bend when they pass through or reflect from surfaces?

Geometric optics

What is a more comprehensive model of light, including wave effects such as diffraction and interference?

Physical optics

What led to the discovery that light waves were in fact electromagnetic radiation?

Progress in electromagnetic theory

What type of radiation exhibits similar properties to visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light?


Test your knowledge on the branch of physics that studies the behavior and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. This quiz covers topics related to visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light as well as other forms of electromagnetic radiation such as X-rays, microwaves, and radio waves.

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