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Homework Help: Doppler Effect

  1. Jan 26, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A galaxy is moving away from the earth at a speed of [tex]2.3\times 10^7 m/s^1[/tex]. Hydrogen emits light of wavelength 410nm. The speed of light is [tex]3.0\times 10^8 m/s^1[/tex] Calculate th frequency of hydrogen light emission that you would expect to measure on earth.

    2. Relevant equations

    I'm not really sure! I would have thought judging by what I have done previous to this.


    [tex] \frac{\Delta f}{f} = \frac {v}{c}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I really can't think of anything, I would have thought there were 2 steps to it. Possibly the first equation to find the frequency of Hygrogen? I'm really stuck

    Help would be great :smile:
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 26, 2008 #2
    All you have to do is to compute the change in frequency due to Doppler's Effect, you have the speed of the source and the speed of the wave.
    Check the general section on the wiki for more details on the formulas :)
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