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Frequency and energy of a wave

  1. Sep 3, 2011 #1
    The higher the frequency of an electromagnetic wave,the more ability to penetrate bodies(or cover larger distances) as a result of increase in energy

    What explains this?
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  3. Sep 4, 2011 #2
    That is not exactly what they do see this thread https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=526735
  4. Sep 4, 2011 #3


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    definately not what happens in the real world, not sure how you came about that description

  5. Sep 5, 2011 #4
    From this picture
    [PLAIN]http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6947/sunraysd.jpg [Broken]
    so what happens in the real world?
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  6. Sep 5, 2011 #5
    It depends on the properties of the target medium. E.g. my sunglasses pass a lot of visible light through them, but not a lot of UV.

    Btw, you picture indicates that lower frequency radiations penetrates further down into the atmosphere, not the other way round like you claimed in the OP.
  7. Sep 8, 2011 #6

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    UVC rays actually have higher frequency/photon energy (shorter wavelength) than UVB or UVA rays.

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