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Light & Atomic Spectra & Nuclear Chemistry. Planck’s Constant. Types of Light. Visible light is the light that humans can see. Did you know?. Dogs can see only shades of gray and some insects can see light from the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. Seeing the Light.

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types of light
Types of Light
  • Visible light is the light that humans can see.
did you know
Did you know?
  • Dogs can see only shades of gray
  • and some insects can see light from the ultraviolet part of the spectrum
seeing the light
Seeing the Light
  • Visible light is the light that humans can see.
  • More specifically, you see the light that is not absorbed by objects.
  • Green plants are green because they absorb all of the colors of the visible spectrum except the green color (you could also say the green wavelengths).
  • A red wall is red to your eyes because it is not absorbing light from the red wavelengths.
electromagnetic radiation
electromagnetic radiation
  • Visible light is only one small portion of a family of waves called electromagnetic (EM) radiation.
  • EM waves includes radio waves, uv, infared, microwave, x-rays, gamma rays
  • Visible light is near the middle of the spectrum.
roy g biv
  • represents all of the colors in the visible spectrum of light. R (red) - O (orange) - Y (yellow) - G (green) - B (blue) - I (indigo) - V (violet).
  • Red has the longest wavelength and violet has the shortest.
  • You could also say that red is the least energetic and violet is the most energetic of the visible spectrum.
  • When refraction is at work in a prism it breaks the beam of visible light into its basic colors.
  • A prism is made up of two planar surfaces at an angle.
  • It uses the slower speed of light in glass to its advantage by refracting the light twice.
  • When the light ray leaves the prism, it speeds up again (entering the air) and refracts a second time.
  • That second dispersal creates the colorful spectrum of colors.
light waves are classified by frequency of wavelength
Light waves are classified by frequency of wavelength
  • Low frequency= long wavelength
  • High frequency= short wavelength
parts of a wave
Parts of a wave
  • Amplitude
  • height of the wave from normal to highest point.
  • Wavelength
  • the distance from origin to origin, crest to crest
  • Frequency
  • 1 wave per period
  • measured in Hz (1Hz = 1wave per second).
in 1900 max planck
In 1900, Max Planck
  • was working on the problem of how the radiation an object emits is related to its temperature.
  • Planck\'s constant, the constant of proportionality relating the energy of a photon to its frequency; or h, and it has the value
the formula
The formula
  • The energy E contained in a photon, the smallest possible \'packet\' of energy, is directly proportional to the frequency f :
  • Ephoton = hf
  • E = (6.626176 x 10-34J*s) * f (frequency)
  • and conversely:
  • F (frequency)= Ephoton / (6.626176 x 10-34J*s)
  • Frequency SI units are Hz or 1/s or s-1
sample problem
Sample Problem
  • Example Problem: Calculate the energy in J of a quantum of radiant energy (the energy of a photon) with a frequency of 5.00 x 1015 Hz.
  • 1st list the knowns:
  • Frequency (f) = 5.00 x 1015Hz
  • h= 6.626 x 10-34 J*s (Planck’s constant)
  • Unknown: E

Solve for the unknown:

  • E= h x f
  • E= (6.626 x 10-34 J*s) x (5.00 x 1015 1/s)
  • E=3.31 X 10-18J
  • Based on Planck\'s work, Einstein proposed that light also delivers its energy in chunks; light would then consist of little particles, or quanta, called photons, each with an energy of Planck\'s constant times its frequency.


  • c=speed of light = 3.0 x 108 m/s
  • λ= wavelength (make sure it is in meters (m) so the units will match)
  • f=frequency in Hz
sample problem1
Sample Problem
  • Calculate the wavelength of the yellow light emitted by a sodium lamp if the frequency of the radiation is 5.10 x 1014 Hz
  • List the knowns:
  • Frequency (f) = 5.10 x 1014Hz
  • c=speed of light = 3.0 x 108m/s
  • Unknown: λ in m
it s all energy
It\'s all Energy

The quantum theory says light consists of very small bundles of energy/particles called photons.

  • Wavelength determines: energy & type of EM radiation
  • # of photons: states how much radiation is present
photons determine how bright the light is
Photons determine how bright the light is….
  • Lots of photons give a brighter, more intense type of light.
  • Fewer photons give a very dim and less intense light.
think of a dimmer switch
Think of a dimmer switch

When you use the dimmer switch on the wall, you are decreasing the number of photons sent from the light bulb.

The type of light is the same while the amount has changed.

flame test lab
Flame Test Lab
  • Flame tests are used to identify the presence of a relatively small number of metal ions in a compound.
  • Flame colors are produced from the movement of the electrons in the metal ions present in the compounds.
so in the flame
So in the flame,
  • electrons get excited and pushed to higher energy levels
  • When they fall back down, they give off photons of light of different colors, based upon how far they fall.
for example a sodium na ion in an unexcited state has the structure 1s 2 2s 2 2p 6
When heated: electrons gain energy and jump into any of the empty orbitals at higher levels –

for example, into the 7s or 6p or 4d, depending on how much energy is absorbed from the flame.

Because the electrons are now at a higher and more energetically unstable level, they tend to fall back down to where they were before

For example, a sodium (na) ion in an unexcited state has the structure 1s22s22p6.
It might fall straight back or jump through many levels…

Each of these jumps involves a specific amount of energy being released as light energy, and each corresponds to a particular color.

Whatever color is produced, tells you what element you have.
  • This is a great way to determine an unknown substance…



Copper Sulfate


Gas Flame


Sodium Carbonate