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Problem 10 Easy Difficulty

Place the following types of radiation in order of increasing energy per photon:
(a) radiation within a microwave oven
(b) your favorite radio station
(c) gamma rays from a nuclear reaction
(d) red light from a neon sign
(e) ultraviolet radiation from a sun lamp

Answer

radio, microwave, red light, ultraviolet, gamma

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we can use the electromagnetic spectrum to compare energy of different types of electromagnetic radiation. As the spectrum ranges from gamma, which has the highest energy to radio waves, which has the lowest energy, we can arrange things based on where they're found in the spectrum. So if we look at these different types, we have a microwave radio waves, camera raise, red light, which is a part of the visible spectrum, an ultraviolet radiation. The greatest energy is gamma, and the lowest energy is radio. So when we arranged these from lowest to highest energy, we start with the radio and then the microwave and then red light and then ultraviolet, and then finally gamma radiation with the highest energy.

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