Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 8 months ago

Are radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, x-rays and gamma rays basically the same things?

9 Answers

Relevance
  • cosmo
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Yes.  And which of those you see entirely depends on your velocity.

  • Vaman
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    yes. they are branches of electromagnetic waves.

  • 8 months ago

    Yes, they are all photons, the only difference being in their wavelength, frequency, and quantum energy.

  • Jim
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    YES, they are arbitrary 'classifications' we assign of EM radiation.

    Attachment image
  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 8 months ago

    Yes, they are different frequencies which is the same as 1/ wavelength.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Just different wavelengths.

  • User
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    They're the same KIND of thing

    that being: electromagnetic radiation

    which we could very loosely describe as "light" (not necessarily visible light!)

    but be aware that they have different effects.

    For example: x-rays can cause cancer / genetic changes

    while infrared light typically does not.

  • 8 months ago

    yes, as phenomena they are functionally and inherently the same things.  They differ only in wavelength/frequency, which is how we describe "size" for these things.  A big bear and a little bear remain bears.  The size does not make them fundamentally different things.

  • 8 months ago

    yes, they are all electromagnetic radiation, consisting of photons.

    the photons all have different energies, frequency, wavelength, from radio waves with the lowest energy, lowest frequency, longest wavelength, up to gamma rays on the other extreme.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.