What is UV Radiation? - Definition, Types & Effects


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Frequency and wavelength are related by the following mathematical relationship?

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1. Look at the electromagnetic spectrum and determine which wave has the highest energy.

2. Which type of UV light is the most damaging to us on Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is found on the electromagnetic spectrum, wedged between X-rays and visible light. This assessment/worksheet pairing will test your understanding of UV radiation and why it is different from other forms of light energy. Some concepts you'll be tested on include the mathematical equation relating frequency and wavelength, energy on the electromagnetic spectrum, and the different types of UV radiation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz, you will be assessed on the:

  • Minimum SPF sunscreen recommended for protection against UV rays
  • Vitamin synthesis that utilizes UV radiation
  • Damaging forms of UV radiation
  • Relationship between wavelength and frequency of light waves

Skills Practiced

This test and worksheet will help students develop the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about UV radiation from the related lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge of the relationship between wavelength and frequency to answer questions about energy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the three types of UV radiation and their biological effects on humans and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main topics, such as UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C

Additional Learning

To learn more about ultraviolet radiation, review the accompanying lesson on UV Radiation Characteristics & Types. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define ultraviolet radiation and identify the three common forms
  • Differentiate between UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C radiation
  • Understand the inverse relationship between the wavelength of energy and frequency of energy waves as a method of calculating the overall strength of the energy
  • Know the Skin Protection Factor recommended for protection against UV radiation
  • Identify natural and artificial sources of UV radiation