Microwave and Gamma rays

Microwave and Gamma rays
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 Question

In what ways are microwave and gamma rays similar? In what ways are they different? Explain.

Answer

Both microwave and gamma rays are electromagnetic waves, which can travel through space and vacuum. In vacuum, both waves travel at 3.0 x 108 m/s.

Microwave and gamma rays differ in their frequencies and energies. Microwaves have low frequencies, between 300 MHz and 300 GHz. As a result, microwaves are low energy waves. In contrast, gamma rays have extremely high frequencies (higher than 3 x 1019 Hz) and as a result have extremely high energies.

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