The electrical field I work in people often confuse power and energy. I.e. In Australia we get billed peak power kW or MW (kilo Watts, Mega Watts) and our energy is charged at so many cents per kWhr (kilo Watt hour). The kWhr is convertible to joules. Explaining the difference between power and energy to accounting departments and others has been a frequent pleasure in my career.
Now photons. I was taught that photons are wave packets and in this way they are also able to behave as particles in certain contexts. In addition to this I was taught that the higher the frequency of the electromagnetic photon the higher the ammount of energy imparted to say an electron as it selects a new energy level in an atom.
BUT isn't the wavelength a function of time given that the photon must travel at light speed? Is our thinking about photons totally right or is the 'energy' difference between say red and blue light actually a power difference. Could it be that all photons have the same amount of energy (somewhat redefined though)? Could it be that ALL photons are the same just red or blue shifted versions of each other? These are just some thoughts; they don't sit well with me though as the energy levels in atoms seem to disprove what I am saying. But the longer wave lengths must take more time to impart energy surely or am I being too Newtonian? What have I missed?
I can see in my language that I am borderline ATM here but I don't know where my thoughts will lead me. The thought process is similiar to one that lead me to develop an ATM I can't be sure that this line won't as well. I honestly don't have a concious agenda so if you see that I am wrong save me before I fall.......Ahhh!