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Infrared light

  1. Jan 15, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    "Infrared light doesn't travel through air easily". Why is that? Is it because there are lots of molecules that absorb the energy so that a reaction occurs?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Jan 15, 2016 #2


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    You're right that there are lots of molecules that absorb the IR light, but the energy simply heats up the air, not cause a chemical reaction.
  4. Jan 15, 2016 #3
    Oh thanx for the explanation :)
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