You & Me & UV


STUDENTS: Module 1: Science in the Personal & Social Perspectives

Our icon for exercise.You & Me & UV Investigates UV radiation and some of its potential effects on human health.

Wavelength is the distance between crests or the successive highest points of a wave.

Frequency is the number of wave crests that pass a given point per second and is usually expressed as "cycles per second" or Hertz (Hz).



The Electromagnetic Spectrum

The Electromagnetic Spectrum adapted from NASA: Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-ray, Gamma

The Electromagnetic Spectrum adapted from NASA: Radio, Microwave, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-ray, Gamma


Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Looking at the electromagnetic spectrum chart, you will find UV radiation between visible light and X-rays. In terms of energy, the higher the frequency, the higher the energy; therefore, UV radiation is on the higher energy end of the electromagnetic spectrum.

There are three types of UV radiation identified within the 100 to 400 nm range. They are:

UV A - 330-400 NM - causes aging, wrinkling, and loss of elasticity of skin

UV B - 290-330 NM - causes the greatest risk of skin cancer

UV C - 100-290 NM - very destructive to tissues, however most is absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere before reaching ground level


Prolonged and direct exposure to the sun means more exposure to damaging UV radiation.

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W I R N E E R C S N U S Y P
A T E A H T G N E L E V A W
S G C L V D H X T E H J R A
Y C N E U Q E R F H S Q - B
P H A K P B A B I P G C X U
I P C G A V C M U K Q I K Y
T O O L I B W M A Y N P L F
F L P O E N F R T F E S C H
T R L A T Y G D C V S F A T
I E W H Z D B F X B U K A G
T O N N B K G U Z V N A V G

ultraviolet
wavelength
frequency
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light
x-ray
cancer
aging
sunscreen

 

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