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Waves Vibrations and Oscillations

What equation relates frequency and wavelength and speed of light?


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May 06, 2013 4:58AM

(Frequency) x (Wavelength) = Speed of light.

Note carefully that the "speed of light" in the equation above is the speed of light in the medium that the wavelength is measured in. In vacuum it will be the famous constant "c", but when light travels through any sort of material it's speed is slowed and its wavelength shortened by a factor called the refractive index of the medium. Because wavelength and speed are reduced by the same factor the equation still holds. Light's frequency is not affected by the medium.