Measuring Wavelength


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Esther Lee 4H
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Measuring Wavelength

Postby Esther Lee 4H » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:44 pm

I feel like this is a pretty simple question but I can't seem to find it in my notes. So there's a minimum length of a wavelength that's considered to small to be measured but is there a maximum? If so does anyone know what it is?

Lily Smith 4C
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Re: Measuring Wavelength

Postby Lily Smith 4C » Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:54 pm

In class he said the minimum was 10 to the negative 18 and I do not think there is a maximum. He said when it gets so small it is just continuous and you cannot measure the wave length, I am sure this applies at some point when it gets too large but I do not think he mentioned this in lecture.

Nicholas Le 4H
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Re: Measuring Wavelength

Postby Nicholas Le 4H » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:09 am

Most likely there is not a maximum for the length of a wavelength. We most likely will not have to deal with this as it is probably outside the scope of which this class teaches as it was not mentioned in lecture.

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Re: Measuring Wavelength

Postby 405021651 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:27 pm

I believe that it was specifically mentioned that we should not use anything less than 10^-15

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Re: Measuring Wavelength

Postby 405021651 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:28 pm

But I have also seen different ranges of what is measurable or not but I would stick to that value from one of his videos

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Re: Measuring Wavelength

Postby Ethan Yi 1K » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:29 pm

He said in class that it would be obvious if a wavelength could be measured or not. He said he wouldn't make the answer something that could be ambiguous and go either direction, so dont worry too much.


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