## ASTR 503 Homework 2 : Wavelengths and Doppler

Always use scientific notation, always give units, and **show your steps!**
1. The space station a while back launched a "suit-sat" satellite, which is an empty
space suit, that broadcasts a message, using radio waves at a frequency of 145.990 MHz.
Calculate to 3 significant digits the wavelength of that radio emission.

2. What is the frequency of a photon whose wavelength is 1 angstrom = 0.1 nm?
(the size of a small atomic nucleus).

3. What is the energy (J) of the photon in the previous question?
Use E (J) = hf where h = 6.6 E-34 (J-s).

4. A Joule is a huge unit for a single particle (or photon) = one watt of energy flow
times one second, or the force of one Newton moving one meter. So the unit is equal to
one kg - m*m/s*s. Or one Coulomb times a Volt (a current of one Amp flowing through a
battery of one Volt for one second). A more convenient unit for the energy of a particle
or a photon is an "electron volt" - the energy gained by a particle with a single electric
charge falling through a electric potential of one volt. Since the charge of one
electron = 1.6 E-19 V, then one electron volt = eV = 1.6 E-19 J.
What would be the energy of that photon (question 2) in electron volts?

5. The bright red line of Hydrogen is called H-alpha. We frequently use a filter at that
wavelength to see the prominences on the Sun. Its wavelength is 656.28 nm. What is its frequency?

6. If a prominence is "erupting", it is being blasted off the surface of the sun at
speeds of 1500 km/s or more. If that prominence is on the limb on the sun, and is
traveling perpendicular to our line of sight at 1500 km/s, what wavelength will we observe the H-alpha?

7. If the prominence is near the center of the Sun, and is heading towards us at 1500 km/s,
what wavelength will be observe the H-alpha? Is that a red shift or blue shift?

8 (2 pts). The speed of sound in dry air at room temperature is about 770 mph. What is
that in meters per second?

If a train horn is at middle "A" (440 Hz) and is approaching
us at 60 mph, what frequency will that horn sound to us?

What frequency if it is receding at that same speed?

What speed would it need to be approaching us to have its sound exactly one octave higher (doubled in frequency?) (for a good chart of frequencies of notes, see http://www.phy.mtu.edu/~suits/notefreqs.html.

Last updated 9/2/2014