Physics GCSE P1B

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  • Created by: Katy Head
  • Created on: 16-05-11 10:45

RADIATION WE USE

  • On the move - Short radio waves from a satellite to GPS (TomTom)
  • Fixing a fracture - X-rays  to show doctors what is needed
  • Hubble Space telescope - For almost 20 years this has been orbiting the earth - pictures sent back by radio waves
  • Mobile Phone - Mobile phone masts
  • The Sun is a star - this makes its own light
  • The Earth is a planet - light is reflected from sun
  • The Moon is a satellite - light is reflected from sun

The VISIBLE light spectrum ROYGBIV - light that has all colours - known as white light

White light  is reflected by a mirror

Light  travels in straight lines

The Electro-magnetic Spectrum

                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electro-magnetic waves  are electric and magnetic disturbances that transfer energy from one place to another

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One wavelength  is the distance from peak to peak

Frequency = Number of complete waves passing a point each second

The unit of frequency = Hertz

  • (Hz) - 1 Hertz = 1 waves per second
  • (KHz) - 1 Kilohertz = 1000 waves per second
  • (MHz) - 1 Megahertz = 1 million waves per second

EQUATION -

 Wavespeed (metres per second) = Frequency (Hz) * Wavelength (metres)

so

Wavelength =       Wavespeed

                               Frequency

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Frequency =               Wavespeed

                                     Wavelength

All waves travel at a speed of 300 million metres per second  through space or a through a vacuum

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Remember the order of the Electro-magnetic spectrum - Shortest to Longest

  • Gamma Rays
  • X-rays
  • Ultra Violet
  • Visible Light
  • Infra-red
  • Microwaves
  • Radio waves

GAMMA RAYS AND X-RAYS

  • X-rays and Gamma Rays  radiation are absorbed by dense materials in bone and in metal
  • X-rays and Gamma Rays radiation damages living tissue when they pass through it
  • X-rays  are used in hospital to take radiographs - they pass through the soft tissue but are absorbed by the bone and thick metal plates
  • Gamma Rays are used to:-
    • kill harmful bacteria in food
    • sterilise surgical equipment
    • kill cancer cells

Remember how Gamma Rays are used to cure cancer -

  • Cobalt 60 source for the Gamma rays
  • Contained in lead container
  • Rays leave chamber through exit channel
  • Rays are directed to the the cancerous Tumour from a number of directions

LIGHT AND ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

  • Ultraviolet radiation is in the electro-magnetic spectrum between visible light and Xrays
  • Ultraviolet radiation has a shorter wavelength than light
  • Ultraviolet  radiation is harmful to the skin and the eyes

****** look at the diagram on page 82 in AQA text book ******

UV is harmful to the skin and the eyes because:-

  • Wavelengths are shorter than light
  • UV carries more energy than light waves
    • too much UV causes sunburn and can cause cancer

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How Electro-magnetic waves react with substances 

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Reflected waves :-

  • Some or all waves may be reflected

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