Problem 7 Quiz 1 Preparation in the Workbook  [ENDORSED]


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AsthaPatel4B
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Problem 7 Quiz 1 Preparation in the Workbook

Postby AsthaPatel4B » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:42 pm

Can somebody explain to me how the final units of measurements come out to hertz?

7.If the wavelength of orange-yellow light is 6.2x10^2 nm, what is its frequency?
c=wavelength*frequency
frequency=c/wavelength
frequency=(2.99x10^8 m*(s^-1))/(6.2x10^2 nm)
frequency=(2.99x10^8 m*(s^-1))/6.2x10^-7 m)=4.8x10^14

So, I did the problem above and got the right numerical answer, but I don't understand why the final units for the answer are in hertz. Please help.

Shirley_Zhang 3O
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Re: Problem 7 Quiz 1 Preparation in the Workbook  [ENDORSED]

Postby Shirley_Zhang 3O » Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:41 pm

Hertz = 1/second or second^-1
so if we ignore the number, the calculation would look like the following:

(meter*second^-1) / (meter) = second^1 = hertz

which corresponds to

speed of light / wavelength = frequency


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