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  • In this picture dictation activity, students use a range of skills to investigate some ways humans use the waves on the electromagnetic spectrum.

    The electromagnetic spectrum

    This interactive looks at the electromagnetic spectrum. To use this interactive, move your mouse or finger over any of the labelled boxes and select to obtain more information.

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    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • discuss some ways in which humans use the various waves on the electromagnetic spectrum
    • understand what happens to the wavelength as we move through the electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma waves.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • student handout.

    Related content

    Discover more about the fundamentals of waves or, for a more simplified look, see Waves and energy – wave basics.

      Published 21 July 2007, Updated 7 February 2013 Referencing Hub articles
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