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Light / EM Spectrum

Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

TermDefinition
absorption in optics, the transfer of light energy to particles of matter
reflection the bounding back of a ray of light, sound, or heat when the ray hits a surface that it does not go through
refraction the bending of a wave front as the wave front passes between two substances in which the speed of the wave differs
electromagnetic spectrum the range of wavelengths or frequencies over which electromagnetic radiation extends
infrared electromagnetic wavelengths immediately outside the red end of the visible spectrum
opaque describes an object that is not transparent or translucent
electromagnetic radiation a kind of radiation including visible light, radio waves, gamma rays, and X-rays, in which electric and magnetic fields vary simultaneously ; the transfer of energy as electromagnetic waves
scattering an interaction of light with matter that causes light to change direction
translucent describes matter that transmits light but that does not transmit an image
transparent describes matter that allows light to pass through with little interference
ultraviolet electromagnetic wave frequencies immediately above the visible eye
Created by: kdominick
 

 



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