Light Intensity


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ngarcia
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Light Intensity

Postby ngarcia » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:44 pm

Just to clarify, increasing light intensity increases the number of photons. And, if, and only if, the energy per photon is greater/equal to the energy needed to remove an electron, then increasing light intensity results in more ejected electrons. However, one cannot assume that electrons are being emitted with high intensity light alone. Do I have a correct understanding?

Ronak Naik
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby Ronak Naik » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:57 pm

Yes, that is exactly correct. The intensity of light is directly related to the number of photons not the common mistake of thinking about energy. Once enough energy from the photon has been put in, the electron will be ejected with a kinetic energy of 1/2mv^2. Each photon will eject one electron if the photon has greater energy than the required work energy.

Amanda Ung 4D
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby Amanda Ung 4D » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:12 pm

Sounds good! Remember to consider light as photons, or packets of energy where one photon interacts with one electron. High intensity light with long wavelengths and low frequency wouldn't be able to eject electrons; therefore, it really depends on the energy of the photon and not the intensity of the light. That is what I took from the lecture.

chari_maya 3B
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby chari_maya 3B » Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:55 pm

One thinking point in the texbook asked why ultraviolet radiation is much more harmful to living tissue than infared radiation... I was wondnerinf if someone could explain the answer.

Alexandra Bartolome 2H
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby Alexandra Bartolome 2H » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:22 pm

chari_maya 3B wrote:One thinking point in the texbook asked why ultraviolet radiation is much more harmful to living tissue than infared radiation... I was wondnerinf if someone could explain the answer.


I think this is because ultraviolet radiation has higher frequency and shorter wavelengths than infrared radiation, which means it has more energy to penetrate our skin and do damage.

faithkim1L
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby faithkim1L » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:34 pm

Yes, this is correct. The light intensity is directly related to the number of photons.

Arianna Perea 3H
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Re: Light Intensity

Postby Arianna Perea 3H » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:39 pm

How come the photons dont have enough energy with low frequency lights?


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