Clarification on description of a photon

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Silvia Gomez 4K
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Clarification on description of a photon

Postby Silvia Gomez 4K » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:06 pm

I understand that light can behave like a wave and a particle. The particle is referred to as a photon and is described as, "discrete packets of energy". What does it mean for it to be "discrete" in the context of the photoelectric effect?

Nicholas Codallos 4C
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Re: Clarification on description of a photon

Postby Nicholas Codallos 4C » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:42 pm

Discrete can mean distinct or specific so in terms of the photoelectric effect it means that photons can only come with specific values of energy. You can relate this to how Professor Lavelle mentioned that there are specific lines for wavelengths since they correlate to energy.


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