What determines the wave length.
AlexHornby said:The Lengths of the different waves and the frequencies are different such as gamma and microwaves being different.i understand how they are different but why
NateSprague62 said:To my knowledge, what determines a wavelength is the frequency (the number of occurances of waves at a given point of time) of a wave. The wavelength is the distance between the troughs and peaks of a wave.
I'd also like to note that the electromagnetic spectrum is made up of both visible, and invisble light, (Radio Waves, to visible light, to gamma rays), so we don't know which type of wave you are speaking of specificly.
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klimatos said:All matter radiates electromagnetic energy. Each substance has allowable energy levels/wavelengths/frequencies at which it can radiate, and specific temperatures at which it can radiate them (its emission spectrum).
From here on, it gets complicated.
The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. It includes everything from radio waves to gamma rays.
The electromagnetic spectrum is important because it allows us to understand and study various forms of energy and how they interact with matter. It also has practical applications in technology, such as in communication and imaging.
The different types of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum include radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays, and gamma rays.
The wavelength of electromagnetic waves affects their behavior in terms of how they interact with matter. Longer wavelengths, such as radio waves, tend to pass through matter easily, while shorter wavelengths, such as X-rays, can be absorbed or reflected by matter.
The relationship between frequency and energy in the electromagnetic spectrum is that the higher the frequency, the higher the energy of the electromagnetic wave. This means that gamma rays, which have the highest frequency, also have the highest energy and can be more harmful to living organisms than lower frequency waves.