Work Function


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Sophia_Kiessling_2L
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Work Function

Postby Sophia_Kiessling_2L » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:50 pm

I am confused about what exactly the work function is. Can someone explain to me the basics of it?

Rithana Srikanth 3L
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Re: Work Function

Postby Rithana Srikanth 3L » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:00 pm

The work function represents the threshold energy, or the minimum energy required to remove an electron from a metal.

Germar G 4F
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Re: Work Function

Postby Germar G 4F » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:08 pm

The "work function" of a metal is the least amount of energy it takes in order for an electron to be bounced from that specific metal. So think of it as the threshold frequency, except that it is referring to energy. So a photon must be equal or greater than the work function in order to make an electron bounce off.

Leslie Cheng 4B
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Re: Work Function

Postby Leslie Cheng 4B » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:51 pm

If you recall the photoelectric effect experiment with shining light on different metals to try to remove electrons from it, those electrons require energy to eject. This minimum energy needed to remove electrons from the surface of that metal is the threshold energy, represented by the work function. Different types of metals will have different threshold energies to eject electrons from its surface.

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Re: Work Function

Postby Phil Timoteo 1K » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:44 am

The work function is the minimum energy required to remove an electron.


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