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AP Physics 2: Electromagnetic Radiation - Chapter Summary
This informative chapter outlines subjects such as the formula for Planck's Constant, the definition of a photon and the photoelectric effect. You can easily work at your own pace to review the material as many times as you need to. Each lesson is followed by a multiple-choice quiz you can use to test your comprehension. If you need to go back and review a section of a video lesson, it's easy using the video tabs feature. After you finish this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
- Understand the properties of electromagnetic waves
- Apply Planck's Constant Formula
- Use the equation associated with the photoelectric effect
- Describe the wavelength and spectrum associated with electromagnetic radiation
- Define a photon and its wavelength
- Explain electron transitions and spectral lines
- Observe the properties of electromagnetic radiation
1. What is Electromagnetic Radiation? - Wavelength, Spectrum & Energy
Light, microwaves, X-rays, and cell phone transmissions are all examples of electromagnetic radiation. Read more about this fascinating, mostly invisible phenomenon that has been harnessed by humans for so many purposes. A quiz is included.
2. Electromagnetic Waves: Definition, Sources & Properties
In this lesson, learn the basics of electromagnetic waves and how they make up the electromagnetic spectrum. We will explore the major trends and categories within the spectrum, as well as the various sources of electromagnetic waves.
3. What is a Photon? - Definition, Energy & Wavelength
In this lesson, we will learn the definition of a photon. We will also explain Planck's constant and its relationship to the photon energy and wavelength. The calculation of photon energy is also demonstrated.
4. Planck's Constant: Formula & Application
After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what Planck's constant is and use the Planck-Einstein relation to calculate the energy in a photon of light. A short quiz will follow.
5. The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation
In this lesson, you will learn what the photoelectric effect is, how it was discovered, how it applies to everyday life, and the equation associated with it. A short quiz will follow.
6. Electron Transitions & Spectral Lines
This lesson discusses how electrons transition between energy levels, why they do this, how photons are involved, how absorption and emission spectra come into play, and what the Lyman, Balmer, and Paschen series are.
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