Electromagnetic spectrum

all about the electromagnetic spectrum

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Intro

Electromagnetic radiation travels as waves and transfers energy from one place to another. All electromagnetic waves can travel through a vacuum, and they all travel at the same speed in a vacuum.

The electromagnetic spectrum is a continuous range of wavelengths. The types of radiation that occur in different parts of the spectrum have different uses and dangers, which depend on their wavelength and frequency.

The electromagnetic spectrum:

Visible light is just one type of electromagnetic radiation. There are various types of electromagnetic radiation, some with longer wavelengths than visible light and some with shorter wavelengths than visible light.

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The visible spectrum

The Visible Spectrum

White light can be split up using a prism to form a spectrum.  A prism is a block of glass with a triangular cross-section. The light waves are refracted as they enter and leave the prism. The shorter the wavelength of the light, the more it is refracted. As a result, red light is refracted the least and violet light is refracted the most, causing the coloured light to spread out to form a spectrum.

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The visible Spectrum

a rainbow appears to come out of the prism (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/images/prism.jpg)

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Elizabeth

Thank you :) The colours really help it x

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