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# Red light has a wavelength of 6.8E+2 nm. What is its frequency in 1/s, or Hz?

The frequency is 4.4 × 10¹⁴ s⁻¹.

The wavelength λ is the distance between successive peaks in a wave.

The frequency f of a wave is the number of complete waves that pass a point in a given time.

The formula relating the frequency f and wavelength λ is

fλ = c or f = c/λ

where c is the speed of light.

In your case, λ = 680 nm = 680 × 10⁻⁹ m and c = 3.00 × 10⁸ m•s⁻¹.

∴ f = c/λ = (3.00 × 10⁸ m•s⁻¹)/(680 × 10⁻⁹ m) = 4.4 × 10¹⁴ s⁻¹