Energy Equations


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klarratt2
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Energy Equations

Postby klarratt2 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:36 pm

When do you use E=hv and when do you use E=pc? Are they interchangeable?

Iris Bai 2K
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Re: Energy Equations

Postby Iris Bai 2K » Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:57 pm

You use E=hv when looking at light as a wave, and you use E=pc when looking at light as a particle.

Manya Bali 4E
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Re: Energy Equations

Postby Manya Bali 4E » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:02 pm

These equations should both find the energy for a photon (J). However, they use different variables to find E such as p (momentum), c (speed of light), h (Planck's constant), and v (wavelength). Depending on what you're given, you can use either one.

This is a bit more than you asked, but you can also manipulate E = hv and c = (wavelength)v to get E = hc/(wavelength). From there you can put the two equations together, get rid of c, and "derive" De Broglie's Wave Equation (wavelength) = h/p.

Imelda Mena 3I
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Re: Energy Equations

Postby Imelda Mena 3I » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:45 pm

Hi, so just to clarify the v in the equation E=hv is not velocity but frequency?

Hannah Morales 1D
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Re: Energy Equations

Postby Hannah Morales 1D » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:51 pm

Yes the v in this equation is frequency


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