Equation for threshold energy

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Haley Pham 4I
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Equation for threshold energy

Postby Haley Pham 4I » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:12 pm

How do we calculate the threshold energy, or the energy needed to remove an electron from a metal atom? What equation(s) would be used to calculate the threshold energy?

Sydney Jacobs 1C
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Re: Equation for threshold energy

Postby Sydney Jacobs 1C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:20 pm

The equation involving threshold energy is as follows: E(photon) - threshold energy (or work function) = Kinetic energy (or excess energy). If the energy of the photon is known as well as the excess energy, the threshold energy can be found. Threshold energy also follows the equation E(threshold energy)=hv, in which v is the frequency required to remove an electron.

Julie Park 1G
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Re: Equation for threshold energy

Postby Julie Park 1G » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:21 pm

You can use...
1/2mv^2 = hv - work function

1/2mv^2 refers to the kinetic energy of an ejected e-
hv refers to the energy supplied by a photon
the work function (threshold energy) is the energy required to eject an electron


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