Understanding the Electromagnetic Spectrum and its Practical Applications

TLDR The electromagnetic spectrum encompasses various forms of energy, including light, radio waves, microwaves, x-rays, and ultraviolet rays. Different parts of the spectrum have different practical applications, such as radio navigation, AM radio stations, shortwave radio, television, mobile phones, wifi, radar, and scientific instruments.

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00:00 Electromagnetic radiation encompasses various forms of energy, including light, radio waves, microwaves, x-rays, and ultraviolet rays, all of which are part of the electromagnetic spectrum.
02:39 The relationship between frequency and wavelength is defined by the equation frequency times wavelength equals the speed of light, and the longer the wavelength, the less energy a photon will have.
04:49 The very low frequency waves have practical purposes such as radio navigation and time signals, while the medium frequency part of the spectrum is where you'll find AM radio stations and navigation beacons.
06:56 Shortwave radio stations, amateur radio operators, and CB radio operate in the high frequency range, while VHF is used for short distance communication and terrestrial television, UHF is used for television, GPS, mobile phones, wifi, radar, and other applications, and SHF is where microwaves and narrowly focused point-to-point communications are found.
09:17 Above the extremely high frequency signals, there is a range that is not very useful for communications due to absorption by the atmosphere, but it is used for scientific instruments, millimeter wave security scanners, and some 5G signals.
11:26 Gamma rays, which have frequencies over 30 exahertz or wavelengths under 10 picometers, are dangerous and cannot be reflected or easily detected due to their small size and high energy.
13:38 The different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum interact with the world and have different uses depending on their frequency and wavelength, with certain parts being regulated and allocated for specific purposes, such as communication or imaging.
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