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To find the longest wavelength in the photoelectric effect is it just taking the energy minus the work function and set it equal to the Kinetic Energy? Wouldn't the Ek be equal to zero for the longest wavelength?
Yes, that is all correct. The photon energy would then equal the work function. You have to convert the work function into the units J/e- and then solve for whatever variable you need.
Last edited by Julie_Reyes1B on Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.
The kintetic energy (Ek) would be equal to zero because if you want to find the longest wavelength of light that is able to eject an electron, that means that there is no energy left over (Ek) because all of it is used to eject the electron (the work function). So, set the energy of the photon (Ep) equal to the work function to solve for the longest wavelength.
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