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5.1: The Nature of Light

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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Student Behavioral Objectives

The student will:

  • perform calculations involving the relationship between the wavelength and frequency of electromagnetic radiation, \begin{align*}v = \lambda f\end{align*}.
  • perform calculations involving the relationship between the energy and the frequency of electromagnetic radiation, \begin{align*}E = hf\end{align*}.
  • state the velocity of electromagnetic radiation in a vacuum.
  • name at least three different areas of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • when given two comparative colors or areas in the electromagnetic spectrum, identify which area has the higher wavelength, the higher frequency, and the higher energy.

Timing, Standards, Activities

Timing and California Standards
Lesson Number of 60 min periods CA Standards
The Nature of Light 1.5 1h, 1j

Activities for Lesson 1

Laboratory Activities

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Extra Readings

1. What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum?

Answers for The Nature of Light (L1) Review Questions

  • Sample answers to these questions are available upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.

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