Which equations only work for light, and which for particles?


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Darren Nguyen 1F
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Which equations only work for light, and which for particles?

Postby Darren Nguyen 1F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:57 pm

I don't know the difference ?

Kim Chen
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Re: Which equations only work for light, and which for particles?

Postby Kim Chen » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:03 pm

The equations used for light are c=wavelength * frequency.

The equations for photons/particles:
E = pc
E= hv

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Re: Which equations only work for light, and which for particles?

Postby Vivianvelazquez_1J » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:18 pm

The equations for photons/particles:
E = hv, where E is the energy of the light in Joules (J), h is a constant which is 6.626 X 10-34 J·s, and v is the frequency of the light in s-1 or waves/s (also called Hertz (Hz).

The equations used for light are
c = λv, when λ is wavelength, v is frequency, and c is the speed of light

Kevin Liu 1J
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Re: Which equations only work for light, and which for particles?

Postby Kevin Liu 1J » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:16 pm

For the most part, it shouldn't be difficult to differentiate between which equation to use as you determine which value you are given in the problem then utilize the respective equation (either E = hv or E = pc). Hope this helps!


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