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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Light waves are electromagnetic waves that travel at 3.00 × 108 m/s. The eye is most sensitive to light having a wavelength of 5.50 × 10−7 m. Find (a) the frequency of this light wave and (b) its period.

(a)

To determine
The frequency of the light wave.

Explanation

Given info: The speed of the electromagnetic wave v=3.00×108ms-1 . The wavelength of the light most sensitive to eye is λ=5.50×107m .

The speed of the wave is defined as the product of frequency and wavelength.

v=λf

The frequency will be,

f=vλ

Substituting v=3.00×108ms-1 and λ=5

(b)

To determine
The period of oscillation.

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