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What is an inverse meter?

  1. Sep 24, 2007 #1
    I'm doing some astronomy work and one problem involves using Rydberg's constant. However, it is inverse meters and I'm confused. Does that mean that it is 1/109737361.6 m? Thanks.
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  3. Sep 24, 2007 #2


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    Yes - it just means per metre.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2007
  4. Sep 24, 2007 #3
    Okay so if I have the 1/lambda = R (1/nf^2 - 1/ni^2) equation, how would I go about plugging it in? Is it any different than plugging in any other numbers?
  5. Sep 29, 2007 #4


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    after you multiply R by the fraction,
    you probably want to reciprocate the result (1/x)
    to obtain the wavelength.
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