De Broglie's Equation

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Aayush Patel 3B
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De Broglie's Equation

Postby Aayush Patel 3B » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:54 pm

Why can't De Broglie's Equation be used for light in order to find its frequency or wavelength?

Maria Poblete 2C
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Re: De Broglie's Equation

Postby Maria Poblete 2C » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:49 pm

I believe that De Broglie's Equation can only be used for particles with a mass. I don't think light has a mass, so it wouldn't make sense to use the equation when mass is needed as a variable.

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Re: De Broglie's Equation

Postby gabbymaraziti » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:10 pm

De Broglie's equation is reserved for objects that mass, like electrons, cars, or baseballs. Since light is, by definition, mass-less, De Broglie's equation does not apply. The wavelength of light can be determined given the speed and frequency of the light wave, as wavelength = c/v.

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