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Unformatted text preview: The number of complete wavelengths, or cycles , that pass a given point in 1 second is the frequency of the wave (frequency=cycles/second) Electromagnetic radiation has both electric and magnetic properties. The wave-like property of electromagnetic radiation is due to the periodic oscillations of these components. We can assign a frequency and a wavelength to electromagnetic radiation Because all electromagnetic radiation moves at the same speed (speed of light) wavelength and frequency are related • If the wavelength is long , there will be fewer cycles passing a given point per second, thus the frequency will be low • If the wavelength is short , there will be more cycles passing a given point per second, and the frequency will be high • Thus, there is an inverse relationship between wavelength and frequency • ( frequency [nu] * wavelength[lambda] ) is a constant ( c )...
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