## mapletea Group Title Please explain this simply for me! Medical x-rays, with a wavelength of about 10^(-10) m, can penetrate completely through your skin. a. Ultraviolet rays, which cause sun burn by penetrating only the top level of skin, have a wavelength about 1,000 times the wavelength of an x-ray. Find the wavelength of ultraviolet rays. Show your work. 2 years ago 2 years ago

1. amistre64 Group Title

medwave*1000 id assume

2. lgbasallote Group Title

10^-10 x 1000 100 = 10^3 so 10^-10 x 10^3 add exponents... 10^-7 m am i right?

3. amistre64 Group Title

looks right to me

4. mapletea Group Title

Thanks! There's a second part - b. The wavelengths of visible light are between 3.8 x 10^(-7) m and 7.6 x 10^(-7) m. Are these wavelengths longer or shorter than the ultraviolet rays? Explain.

5. lgbasallote Group Title

ultraviolet rays is 0.000010 m 0.00000038<visible light<0.00000076 which do you think is longer/shorter?

6. mapletea Group Title

Ultraviolet rays?

7. mapletea Group Title

*are longer.

8. lgbasallote Group Title

yeah...i think so too...but you're the med student here :D

9. mapletea Group Title

XD I'm not a med student, I'm just in Algebra 1...

10. lgbasallote Group Title

of all the examples why this -____- your teacher is good....at torture >:))

11. mapletea Group Title

I know, I know. and I hate Algebra on top of this all, it's confusing. The next question confuses me even more! DX

12. lgbasallote Group Title

try me ;D

13. mapletea Group Title

I'll post it...

14. JamesJ Group Title

Wait a second. You just calculated that UV light has wavelengths of $$10^{-7}$$ meters. That is: $1 \times 10^{-7} \ m$ Then you're told that visible light has wavelengths such as $3.8 \times 10^{-7} m$ and $7.6 \times 10^{-7} \ m$ Clearly therefore, because 3.8 > 1 and 7.6 > 1, visible light has a longer wavelength.

15. mapletea Group Title

But the lengths that are being compared are ultraviolet and medical x-ray.

16. lgbasallote Group Title

james has a point...

17. JamesJ Group Title

Yes. I just showed you why visible light has a longer wave length. Do you agree with that? Then because $10^{-10} < 10^{-7}$ it must be that x-rays also have a shorter wave length than visible light.

18. mapletea Group Title

Ohhh. I think I see...