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Kennedi2J
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Kinetic Energy

Postby Kennedi2J » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:17 pm

In the equation, E= work function + KE (kinetic energy), how do we know when kinetic energy is equal to 0?

Lelija Kazlauskas 3J
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Re: Kinetic Energy

Postby Lelija Kazlauskas 3J » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:20 pm

Kinetic energy is equal to (1/2)mv^2, so the result must always be either positive or zero (which would be if either v or m were equal to 0).

Eesha Chattopadhyay 2K
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Re: Kinetic Energy

Postby Eesha Chattopadhyay 2K » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:23 pm

There is kinetic energy when the energy of the photons being aimed at the metal is greater than the work function. Therefore, if the energy of the photon is equal to the work function there is no kinetic energy. The kinetic energy is the excess energy from the photon therefore if there is no excess (they are equal to each other) then there is no kinetic energy.

Keerthana Sivathasan 2E
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Re: Kinetic Energy

Postby Keerthana Sivathasan 2E » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:52 pm

Instead use E(kinetic)=hf-(work function) to see when kinetic energy is equal to 0.

pmokh14B
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Re: Kinetic Energy

Postby pmokh14B » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:54 pm

Kinetic energy is zero when the work function iis equal to the energy of the photon hitting the metal. If a problem asks how much energy is required to eject an electron from a surface of the metal you would also make KE equal to zero.


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