Planck's Constant


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Planck's Constant

Postby Ryan Laureano 3I » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:16 pm

I don't know if Professor Lavelle ever covered this, but out of curiosity how was planck's constant (h) derived?

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:41 pm

In principle, the Planck constant can be determined by examining the spectrum of a black-body radiator or the kinetic energy of photoelectrons.thats why we use it in formulas to calculate energy of photons. I dont think its important to know how it was derived. thats why we use it in formulas to calculate energy of photons.

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Sahaj Patel Lec3DisK » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:29 pm

Even though how the constant was derived will not be in the scope of the class nor asked on exams, it was created by physicist Max Plank who determined the amount of energy a photon carries with the frequency of its electromagnetic waves. He called that amount of energy Planks Constant.

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Pranav Kadiyala 1A » Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:10 pm

Not too sure if this is the original derivation, but I believe in one of his audio-visual focus videos, he says that it can actually be derived empirically. If you plot the frequency of certain waves on the x-axis, and their corresponding energies on the y-axis, the slope of the resultant line will actually be Planck's constant.

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Yeprem » Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:08 pm

Does anyone know if we have to remember what the planck's constant is or is it going to be provided to us?

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Lorraine Jiang 2C » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:10 am

Hi! I think professor Lavelle mentioned the Plank's constant was derived by plotting energy against frequency in a line graph. And the gradient of this graph will be Plank's constant. I think I have seen this in one of his modules, but I don't recall which one, I think it is not super important that we know how it is derived.

And I think professor Lavelle mentioned something about providing us some of the constants, but it is always better to just remember them!

Hope it helps!

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby SophiaNguyen_2L » Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:09 am

Yeprem wrote:Does anyone know if we have to remember what the planck's constant is or is it going to be provided to us?


I am 90% positive that the constant is given to us on a formula sheet or something of the like, but I think it'd be best to either ask a TA or Lavelle himself to make sure.

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Re: Planck's Constant

Postby Yeprem » Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:25 am

thanks everyone


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