Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 5 - Electron Configurations and the Periodic Table - Conceptual Exercise 5.1 - Frequency and Wavelength - Page 193: a


The other student is wrong because the frequency of a wave is inversely proportional to its length; therefore, a low-frequency radiation has a large wavelength.

Work Step by Step

Analyzing the equation: $Frequency = \frac{Velocity (Light)}{Wavelength}$; Mathematically speaking, if we have large values of wavelength, the fraction will have a small value*; consequently, we will have a low frequency. * Since the speed of light is constant.
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