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Unformatted text preview: light (it comes right after infrared, after all), while violet is the shortest wavelength visible light. Continuing on down the light spectrum to shorter wavelengths, after visible light, or in this case after violet light, comes ultraviolet . Don't add an "n" to the name and make it ultraviolent, even though this type of light is rather nasty stuff. This is the type of light that gives you a sunburn in the summer and can lead to unpleasant things like skin cancer. Right on the heels of ultraviolet light comes an even nastier form, x-rays . You know this stuff is nasty when the dentist leaves the room when they x-ray your teeth. Finally, we have the shortest wavelength type of light that is studied by astronomers, gamma-rays . These are very short wavelength and are also rather rare. There is the whole range of light, from longest to shortest wavelength. Most importantly, you should remember that all types of light travel at the same speed, namely c ....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10