Amplitude


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Ava_Basileo_2J
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Amplitude

Postby Ava_Basileo_2J » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:48 pm

Is amplitude used only in the wave model? Also, does increasing amplitude increase the amount of energy of the light and thus brightness?

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Neel Sharma 3F » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:53 pm

Yes, the amplitude is a feature of waves. Prof. Lavelle explained amplitude as the height of a wave in the ocean. A larger, taller wave has more energy as compared to a short, smaller one. Waves with large amplitudes have more energy and are brighter. Yet when we discuss the photoelectric effect, increasing the brightness and amplitude of the light was not ejecting electrons. Instead, it required a different type of light with a higher frequency to eject electrons. This relationship can be seen in the E = hv equation.

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Nayra Gharpetian 3F » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:54 pm

yes amplitude is only used in the wave model. when light acts like a photon amplitude does not increase the energy. the only way to increase energy would be to increase frequency.

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Ryan Hoang 1D » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:55 pm

Neel Sharma 1G wrote:Yes, the amplitude is a feature of waves. Prof. Lavelle explained amplitude as the height of a wave in the ocean. A larger, taller wave has more energy as compared to a short, smaller one. Waves with large amplitudes have more energy and are brighter. Yet when we discuss the photoelectric effect, increasing the brightness and amplitude of the light was not ejecting electrons. Instead, it required a different type of light with a higher frequency to eject electrons. This relationship can be seen in the E = hv equation.


I think Neel's answer is great and is understandable. But, I just want to explain a bit more. Amplitude=intensity=the number of photons emitted in the photoelectric effect. Saying that there is more energy, while technically right, doesn't impact the photoelectric effect because the energy of ONE photon matters, not the energy of 100000 photons. Therefore, to increase the energy of one photon, we have to increase the frequency, or wavelength, which increases the energy of each photon that is emitted.

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Joshua Chung 2D » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:04 pm

Yes, amplitude is specifically a feature of wave models. However, increasing the amplitude of a light source will not increase its energy - only its intensity. The only way (that's been mentioned in class so far) to change energy is to change frequency.

Ansh Patel 2I
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Re: Amplitude

Postby Ansh Patel 2I » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:09 pm

Hi! Yes, amplitude is part of the wave model, but increasing the amplitude does not increase the amount of energy of a photon. Rather, increasing the amplitude increases the number of photons, but the energy per photon remains the same.

Andrew Yoon 3L
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Re: Amplitude

Postby Andrew Yoon 3L » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:31 pm

Amplitude is only used in the wave model. Increasing the amplitude means that there is a higher intensity. Decreasing the amplitude means that there is a lower intensity. With more a higher intensity, the brightness increases and vice versa. In order to change the energy, we have to change the frequency of the wave.

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Joanna Huang » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:57 pm

Yep, amplitude is only used in the wave model. Increasing the amplitude does not increase the amount of energy, thus, regardless of the amplitude (aka number of electrons), each electron can only react with another electron, so increasing amplitude does not make the electron eject off easier.

Aria Movassaghi 1A
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Re: Amplitude

Postby Aria Movassaghi 1A » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:59 pm

Yes, it's only in the wave model

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Re: Amplitude

Postby Lizbeth Garcia 1F » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:08 pm

It is only for wave models. The amplitude signifies the height of the wave. This determines the intensity of said wave which can be translated as brightness.


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