De Broglie vs. speed of light/Einstein equation


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De Broglie vs. speed of light/Einstein equation

Postby Amy Dinh 1A » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:57 pm

When would you use De Broglie's equation (E=h/p) compared to using the Einstein equation (E=hc/lambda)?

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Re: De Broglie vs. speed of light/Einstein equation

Postby 705192887 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:04 pm

De Broglie's wavelength equation is used for particles and objects, such as electrons or a baseball, while the speed of light/Einstein equation is used only when calculating the wavelength or frequency of light. C=λv can't be used with particles because it describes a relationship with light. This is an important—yet often unrealized—distinction. I messed up on the last test by using E=hv and C=λv to calculate the wavelength of an electron, when De Broglie should've been used. Hope this helps!

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Re: De Broglie vs. speed of light/Einstein equation

Postby Kayla Vo 1B » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:05 pm

λ=h/p (Broglie wavelength) is used when you need to find the wavelength of a particle (e.g. an electron) with a certain speed. On the other hand, E=hc/λ is used to find the wavelength of a photon of a certain energy

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Re: De Broglie vs. speed of light/Einstein equation

Postby Eunice Lee 1A » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:41 am

The Einstein equation can only be used for photons, while the De Broglie equation can be used for anything.


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