## Units of the Work Function

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### Units of the Work Function

If we are asked to the find the work function / threshold energy of a certain element, do we give it in energy per electron, or energy per mole of electrons?

Brittney Nguyen 2L
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### Re: Units of the Work Function

At the proper frequency, one photon will eject one electron, so we give answers in terms of energy per electron. The question will often specify if it wants the answer in energy per mole of electron.

Megan Sparrow 1A
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### Re: Units of the Work Function

I believe it is just per electron. The official definition of the work function is "the minimum quantity of energy which is required to remove an electron to infinity from the surface of a given solid, usually a metal." In addition, when solving problems where you have to find the total amount of electrons given the total energy and work function, you divide total energy by the work function. This helps explain why I believe it is per electron.

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### Re: Units of the Work Function

I believe it is energy per electron. You might need to convert it to moles if the question specifically asks you to do so.

Abby Lam 3F
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### Re: Units of the Work Function

I think energy per electron unless specified.

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### Re: Units of the Work Function

the work function tells you how much energy is needed to remove ONE electron, so the units should reflect that. I wouldn't be surprised though if the midterm asked for the answer in joules/mole or something, but you would just do the calculations as normal unitl the end when youd make the conversion with Avogadro's number

Darlene Lien 3E
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### Re: Units of the Work Function

As with what the others said, the units of the work function should be Joules (or Joules per electron), but if you are asked in terms of moles then you would most likely have to use Avogradro's number accordingly. Hope this helps!

Gabriel Nitro 1E
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### Re: Units of the Work Function

Hi,

It depends on the problem, but in most cases we will be working with energy in terms of one particle (i.e. photons or electrons as in the photoelectric experiment).

Hope this helps! :)