# frequencies

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by brinks, Feb 25, 2017.

1. ### brinks

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Dec 16, 2013
i always had trouble understanding what kind of energy is traveling through the air when it comes to radio waves. also wave length is the distant a wave travels in one cycle but then what happens to the wave does it continue another wavelength any help would be apreciated.
thank you

2. ### (*steve*)¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥdModerator

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It's electromagnetic energy.

The speed that it travels if the speed of light (since it is a form of light, or more correctly, visible light is a form of electromagnetic energy)

The frequency is the rate at which the magnetic field and the electric field go through a cycle of changes in polarity.

Since it has a speed and something is changing regularly, we can measure the distance try it travels whilst doing a cycle. This is the wavelength.

Imagine that you are on a train playing with a yo-yo. One cycle of the yo-yo is from when it leaves your hand to when it returns. Let's say you can do this about 144 million times per second. Let's say that your train is an express which always travels at the speed of light. The train, and hence your yo-yo will travel about 2 metres for every cycle of your yo-yo. It has a wavelength of about 2 metres. Your yo-yo is on the train for as long as it's on the train, and it keeps on yo-yoing for as long as you yo-yo it. The wavelength is just a relationship between frequency and speed, it doesn't limit how far it or the train goes.

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3. ### brinks

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Dec 16, 2013
Thank you very much Steve , that helps

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