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Electromagnetic Spectrum

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Radiation energy moving from a source as a wave

Light is a combination of electric and magnetic energy.

Light can behave as both a particle and a wave. The particle is a packet of light called a photon.

Two main properties of light:Brightness (intensity)- amount of energy carried by light- determined by the height (amplitude) of the wave OR- the number of photonsColorColorColor of light is determined by its wavelength ().

Wavelength the distancefrom crest to crestFrequency the number of crests passing a givenpoint in a second (measured in cycles per second OR Hertz -Hz)Amplitude distance from the center of the wave to the crest or trough

Velocity (speed) of a wave:The velocity of a wave can be calculated using the formula:V= Where V = velocity = frequency and = wavelength

The speed of light is 3.0x10-8 m/s.This is actually the speed of ALL wavelengths of all of the different types of radiation- including light.Because the velocity is the same, as wavelength increases, frequency decreases. Electromagnetic SpectrumThe electromagnetic spectrum spans longer and shorter than the visible spectrum.

Types of Radiation Gamma Rays ()- High Energy radiation- The dangerous radiation from nuclear decay, nuclear reactors, and bombs.- Gamma radiation can be stopped by several feet of concrete, or many inches (7-8 or so), of lead.

X RaysX rays go through stuff such as skin, and clothing. Depending on the density of the stuff film is exposed in different amounts.From the following x-rays- you can see the skin ( barely) bones ( quite well) and even metal- (very clearly) as X rays do not pass easily through very dense objects- such as metal, etc.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiationWhat is the most important source? The SunWhat protects the earth from UV radiation?The ozone layerU.V. radiation is bad because it causes:Skin cancerVisible SpectrumRed, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, VioletROYGBIV

Red longer wave lengthBlue shorter wavelength

White light is a mixture of all colors.

Infrared RadiationInfra- beyondInfrared is a larger wavelength than red.We cant perceive it, but some animals such as snakes can. Infrared radiation I.R. is used in remote control devices and heat lamps. This way McDonalds can cook a hamburger 4 hours ago, and keep it hot for you!

MicrowavesMicrowave radiation has been used in communication as well as Cooking popcorn!Microwaves cause water molecules (in food) to vibrate and thus heat up.

Radar Radars send out a signal, it hits an object and reflects back to the sender.Knowing that the signal travels at the speed of light (really fast!) a computer can determine how fast an object is moving based on the time it takes for a signal to get back to the receiver.

Stealth planes use radar absorbing substances on their surfaces, and lots of funky angles to prevent radar signals from getting back to the receiver, thus making it hard to detect.

TelevisionAnalog signalsUse a typical electromagnetic radiation beamed from a TV station to a tower, or a satellite, then beamed to your rabbit ears antennae.

Radio wavesRadio waves come in a large range of sizes. They can be produced by stars, galaxies, nebulae, and black holes, therefore radio telescopes can be used to study stars and galaxies. Several types of radio signalsShortwave- perhaps still used by amateur radio operatorsFM radio - Frequency ModulationAM radio - Amplitude Modulation


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