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6.2.9 Applications of EM Waves

Applications of EM Waves

  • Electromagnetic waves have a variety of uses and applications
  • The main ones are summarised in the table below:

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Suitability of Different EM Waves

  • Different EM waves are suited to specific purposes for specific reasons
  • The suitability of an EM wave is often related to various properties such as its:
    • Penetrating ability
    • Energy
    • Frequency
  • The reasons for the suitability of different EM waves are summarised in the diagram below:

EM uses and dangers summary, IGCSE & GCSE Physics revision notes

Uses and dangers of the electromagnetic spectrum

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