HW Question 1.23 (6th edition)

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Shreya Tamatam 3B
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HW Question 1.23 (6th edition)

Postby Shreya Tamatam 3B » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:30 pm

The question says "The y-ray photons emitted by the nuclear decay of a technetium-99 atom used in radiopharmeceuticals have an energy of 140.511 keV. Calculate the wavelength of these y-rays."

To solve this, do we first convert keV to joules, and then combine the equations E=hv and (lambda)v=c and solve for lambda? Can anybody explain how they approached the problem?

Neil Hsu 2A
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Re: HW Question 1.23 (6th edition)

Postby Neil Hsu 2A » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:54 pm

That's exactly how I would approach this problem. Convert keV to joules and then solve for frequency using E = hv and then for wavelength using c = (lambda)v. Alternatively, there's another value for Planck's Constant in eV where h = 4.1357 × 10^-15 eV s. However, it's all the same.

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