What is an inverse meter?

  • #1
Hi,
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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  • #2
mgb_phys
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Yes - it just means per metre.
 
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  • #3
Yes - it just means per metre.

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?
 
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lightgrav
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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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