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Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:18 pm
by RichardValdez1L
Do our units for wavelengths have to be meters or are they supposed to align with the units given in the problem?

Re: Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:20 pm
by KateCaldwell 1A
Wavelengths should be in terms of meters or nanometers. If you solve for the problem correctly, then you should be able to get meters as your units for wavelength.

Re: Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:42 pm
by SammiOrsini_1B
wavelength is represented by the lamda symbol right?

Re: Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:36 pm
by Jasmine Emtage-1J
Yes, wavelength is represented by lambda and frequency is represented by v

Re: Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:56 am
by Marina Souliman 1K
I'm going to assume that the problems will give us a variation of both meters and nanometers and then for the final answer for wavelength we have to convert it to nanometers if necessary.

Re: Units for wavelengths  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:19 pm
by ramayyala1G
I mean from the way Lavelle made it out to be in class, he just said that we use nanometers just to make it easier to say but it truly doesn't make a difference whether you use meters or nanometers would be my guess unless they specify in the problem to use one or the other.

Re: Units for wavelengths

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:37 pm
by Lenaschelzig1C
It is usually expressed in nanometers because wavelengths are so small.