Calculating the Frequency of Electromagnetic Waves

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Calculating the Frequency of Electromagnetic Waves

Look carefully at the diagram at the top of the page. Now check out the following questions (and answers)!

  1. What is meant by the wavelength of a wave?
  2. What is meant by the frequency of a wave?
  3. How is frequency calculated?
  4. Does the speed of light alter as it travels through different transparent media?
  5. What is the speed of light in a vaccuum rounded up to the next thousand?

About the Diagram

Introducing the diagram! Read back and forward between the image at the top of the page and the explanation below!

Follow the blue links for definitions . . . . or check the summaries of key terms below!

Some Key Terms

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Electromagnetic wave

An electromagnetic wave carries electromagnetic radiation. An electromagnetic wave is formed as electromagnetic radiation propagates from a light source, travels ...
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Frequency

The frequency of electromagnetic radiation (light) refers to the number of wave-cycles of an electromagnetic wave that pass a given ...
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Hertz (Hz)

The hertz (symbol: Hz) is a unit used to measure the frequency of electromagnetic waves. Hertz are used when measuring ...
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Speed of light

The speed (or velocity) of a light wave is a measurement of how far it travels in a certain time ...
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Wave-cycle

A wave-cycle refers to the path of a wave measured from any point through the course of a single oscillation ...
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Wavelength

Wavelength is a measurement from any point on the path of a wave to the same point on its next ...
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