# Success Criteria For Activity 96: The Electromagnetic Spectrum

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How well did you meet the learning target for Physical Science Activity 96?
Success Criteria: At the end of this activity, students should be able to describe the following:
- What is electromagnetic spectrum?
- What types of waves are on either end of the spectrum? How do these waves differ?
- Know the different types of waves that are in the electromagnetic spectrum and general properties of wavelength, frequencies, and energy.

• 1.

### Which type of wave on the electromagnetic spectrum has the longest wavelength?

• A.

Gamma Wave

• B.

• C.

Infrared Wave

• D.

Microwave

Explanation
Radio waves have the longest wavelengths and therefore, the lowest frequency.

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• 2.

### The electromagnetic spectrum contains the visible light spectrum.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The visible light spectrum is the spectrum of light that can be seen with the eye. It is located in the middle of the electromagnetic spectrum

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• 3.

### Which word below describes the relationship between wavelength and frequency?

• A.

Exponential relationship

• B.

Linear relationship

• C.

Conjoined relationship

• D.

Inverse relationship

D. Inverse relationship
Explanation
An inverse relationship shows that one variable increases if another variable decreases. In the case of wavelength and frequency, as wavelength decreases, frequency increases.

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• 4.

### Light exhibits qualities of both particles and waves.  What type of wave below describes how light moves?

• A.

Longitudinal

• B.

Transverse

• C.

Amplitude

• D.

None of the above

B. Transverse
Explanation
Sound is a longitudinal wave that operates in a series of compressions and rarefactions. Light moves as a transverse wave.

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• 5.

### Ultraviolet light (UV light) has a smaller wavelength and a higher energy than colors in the visible light spectrum.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
UV light has a smaller wavelength than the visible light spectrum. This means that the wavelengths are very close together. As a result, the wave is travelling fast and is carrying a lot of energy. Remember that UV light comes before violet and Infrared comes after red.

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• 6.

### Which term below describes the maximum height of a wave from the resting position?

• A.

Amplitude

• B.

Trough

• C.

Wavelength

• D.

Frequency

A. Amplitude
Explanation
Amplitude is the maximum height of a wave from the resting position.

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• 7.

### A wave has a frequency of 60 Hz and a wavelength of 10 m. What is the velocity of the wave? Hint: F=V/Wavelength

• A.

6 m/s

• B.

0.6 m/s

• C.

600 m/s

• D.

6,000 m/s

C. 600 m/s
Explanation
You can rearrange the formula to solve for velocity: Velocity = frequency multiplied by wavelength. So the answer is 6*10 = 600 m/s. Please also know how to rearrange the formula to solve for frequency and/or wavelength.

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