Work Function


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305385703
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Work Function

Postby 305385703 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:27 am

What is the difference between the work function and the threshold energy?

Anna Wu 1H
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Re: Work Function

Postby Anna Wu 1H » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:35 am

The work function refers to the energy needed, while the threshold energy refers to the frequency of light needed. The two are the same in calculations.

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Re: Work Function

Postby Brian_Ho_2B » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:01 pm

The two terms are synonymous in calculations and they both refer to the (phi) in the equation:
hv - phi (work function/threshold energy) = kinetic energy of emitted electron

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Re: Work Function

Postby Esha Chawla 2E » Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:26 pm

305385703 wrote:What is the difference between the work function and the threshold energy?


From my understanding, the work function relates the photon's total energy, the required amount of threshold energy, and the kinetic energy. Essentially, it states that some of the photon's total energy is first used up to meet the threshold energy. Whatever is left over from that is energy that is put toward's the electron's kinetic energy. Thus, the sum of the electron's kinetic energy and the threshold energy equal to the photon's total energy.

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Re: Work Function

Postby DMuth_1J » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:23 am

I like to look at it according to the words "work" and "threshold." The work of the function is what is being done, or the action. The threshold is the point that must be reached. They are often synonymous because once the threshold energy is met the work function is performing.


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