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Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:17 am
by Natalie Nartz 4F
When frequencies of light don’t match the energy differences of an atom, what happens to the light? Does this light simply pass through?

Re: Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:30 am
by Deepika Reddy 1A
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.

Re: Frequency doesn't match energy difference

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:06 pm
by Abhi Vempati 2H
Yes, the light simply passes through the object. Professor Lavelle mentioned this briefly in class.