Frequency doesn't match energy difference

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Natalie Nartz 4F
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Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Postby Natalie Nartz 4F » Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:17 am

When frequencies of light don’t match the energy differences of an atom, what happens to the light? Does this light simply pass through?

Deepika Reddy 1A
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Re: Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Postby Deepika Reddy 1A » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:30 am

I am not sure I understand the question but in order for electrons to either jump up to another level or to fall back down, it needs to absorb or emit a specific amount of energy. If it doesn't have that specific amount of energy or doesn't lose that amount, it can not go to that energy level. I think the light passes through if it doesn't supply enough energy for the electron to jump up to another level.

Abhi Vempati 2H
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Re: Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Postby Abhi Vempati 2H » Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:06 pm

Yes, the light simply passes through the object. Professor Lavelle mentioned this briefly in class.


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