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    X-Ray or Gamma Ray

    Ah, this must have to do with the wave-particle duality. Thanks for the info. More research needed in the quantum side of light instead of just thinking of waves I think!
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    X-Ray or Gamma Ray

    Thanks, I drew the assumption from one of my physics textbooks that only showed X-rays and Gamma rays overlapping. It didnt touch on infra red and microwaves. So does the amplitude of the wave have nothing to do with energy. I know it is related to intensity, and i thought intensity is a measure...
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    X-Ray or Gamma Ray

    Thanks, i just thought that since all other waves in the spectrum had a definite classification it was somewhat strange that 2 different waves can technically be classed as the same thing in terms of 2 fundamental things that make up a wave (being wavelength and frequency) I still don't...
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    X-Ray or Gamma Ray

    My question is, if X-Ray and Gamma rays overlap in the EMR spectrum, then how can they be classified differently. I have read about different energy levels but i'm just afraid i'm missing something is that the only difference?
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    Thanks jbriggs444, I always thought of the wave as a literal representation of the light through space, as frequency is after all cycles per second and the amplitude i always thought of as a physical 'length' rather than 'strength'.
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    Thanks Drakkif. If i'm understanding you correctly you're saying that you should not relate the speed of light to the oscillations of the wave, which have no effect on it as they are exerted by the force from the field? I thought that with frequency increasing as wavelength is decreasing, and...
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    thanks, one final point is there's one other factor in the wave itself which is the amplitude. is there any set proportionality betwee amplitude and the other 2 factors, as if the speed is fixed i would guess that it implies that it would be, given that it is part of the distance that the wave...
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    thanks rumborak. so the wavelength size has an effect on the frequency. and the two combined always equal the speed of sound/light. so one increases while the other decreases. i never knew they were related in that way, makes sense though!
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    but if the wavelength is longer, doesnt the sound or light have to travel a greater distance along the wave than one would with a smaller wavelength?
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    Wavelength of light in relation to speed

    Hi guys, first ever post. My question is if light travels at the same speed regardless of its wavelength, doesnt this statement seem to contradict itself? If the light simply travelled in a straight line then sure, but different wavelengths i would think mean that a greater distance would...
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