Some students visualise a photon as a point particle travelling sinusoidally in space

Quantum and Nuclear

Misconception RESEARCH REVIEW

For example, some students described light as particles following a wave-shaped trajectory. Or, the might believe that particles pursue sinusoidal paths of various kinds (like a wave) at the microscopic level.

References

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