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The Wave Nature of Light

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The Wave Nature of Light


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You get to expand your knowledge of the atom in an exploration of the nature of its parts. Learn about radiation, the dual nature of light, and get an introduction to the world of quantum mechanics.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the relationship between frequency and wavelength.

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What are the common properties of cell phones, metal detectors, microwave ovens, and X-ray machines?

~ Cell phones, metal detectors, microwave ovens, and X-ray machines operate by sending and receiving electromagnetic waves that are able to move through solids, liquids, and gases. They can even propagate in a vacuum.

What is the electromagnetic spectrum? How do the electromagnetic waves contained in the spectrum differ from each other, and how can their velocity be determined?

~ The electromagnetic spectrum consists of all the different types of electromagnetic radiation. The electromagnetic waves in the spectrum differ from each other in both frequency and wavelength. A wave's velocity can be determined by multiplying its wavelength by its frequency.

What is the relationship between the wavelength and frequency of electromagnetic waves?

~ Wavelength and frequency are inversely related. When frequency increases, wavelength decreases, and when frequency decreases, wavelength increases.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the following terms: chemistry, electromagnetic spectrum, and frequency.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary chemistry, electromagnetic spectrum, frequency