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College Physics (Urone)

Book edition 1st Edition
Author(s) Paul Peter Urone
Pages 1272 pages
ISBN 9781938168000

Combing your hair leads to excess electrons on the comb. How fast would you have to move the comb up and down to produce red light?

The frequency to move the comb up and down to produce red light is $$5 \times {10^{14}}\;Hz$$.

See the step by step solution

Step 1: Definition of frequency

Frequency is the number of waves that pass through a specific spot in a specific length of time.

Step 2: Given information and Formula to be used

The wavelength of red light: $${\lambda _{red{\rm{ }}}} = 600\;nm = 0.6 \times {10^{ - 6}}\;m$$

The speed of light value is: $$c = 3 \times {10^8}\;m/s$$

For an electromagnetic wave, the relationship between propagation speed, wavelength, and frequency is given by,

$$c = f\lambda$$

Step 3: Calculate the frequency

Consider the given formula and simplify,

We have

\begin{aligned} c &= f\lambda \\3 \times {10^8} &= f \times 0.6 \times {10^{ - 6}}\\f &= 5 \times {10^{14}}\;Hz\end{aligned}

Therefore, frequency is $$5 \times {10^{14}}\;Hz$$.