kinetic Energy

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nshahwan 1L
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kinetic Energy

Postby nshahwan 1L » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:19 pm

Can someone explain when the Kinetic energy would be 0 in a question? I'm confused because in some questions it is zero and in others it is not and I don't know how to tell when it is?

claudia_1h
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Re: kinetic Energy

Postby claudia_1h » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:43 pm

I assume you are referring to kinetic energy of an electron ejected in a photoelectric effect problem? If you are, the KE is zero when the energy (E=hv) of the incoming light is equal to the work function. In other words, you don't have any excess energy to be released as KE or the wavelength of the incoming light is the longest possible wavelength to eject an electron.

Ananta3G
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Re: kinetic Energy

Postby Ananta3G » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:44 pm

Kinetic energy would be zero if the energy from the electromagnetic radiation was exactly equal to the work function of the metal. E = work function + KE of electrons so if E = work function, kinetic energy would be zero, and the energy of the radiation was just enough to remove the electron and nothing more.


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