HW 1B.15c

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Jessica Chen 2C
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HW 1B.15c

Postby Jessica Chen 2C » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:38 am

I just directly plugged the frequency they gave us in part b into the c=λν equation, but that's not correct. How do we know when we have to take kinetic energy into account as well?

Kishan Shah 2G
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Re: HW 1B.15c

Postby Kishan Shah 2G » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:51 am

We know its kinetic energy, since the photon needs to contain enough energy to eject the electron from the surface as well as to cause it to move at 3.6 x 10^3 km*s^-1 . The energy involved, therefore, is kinetic energy. I was also confused at first on why we use Kinetic Energy, and in my opinion the question should be more clear on that, but we should just know it now that it has shown up.

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