1B #3

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1B #3

Postby Kelly Cai 4D » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:54 pm

From the following list of observations, select the one that best supports the idea that electromagnetic radiation has the properties of particles. Explain your reasoning.

a.) black-body radiation
b.) electron diffraction
c.) atomic spectra
d.) the photoelectric effect

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Re: 1B #3

Postby JamieVu_2C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:10 pm

The answer is photoelectric effect. Light is used to eject electrons from a metal, and if light acted as a wave, then increasing the intensity of the light would mean more electrons being ejected. However, this didn't work. Instead, decreasing the wavelength allowed the ejection of electrons, which means light acts as a particle as well. Thus, this is the photoelectric effect and explains why light acts as a particle.

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