HW 1.33b

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HW 1.33b

Postby Manya Kidambi 3I » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:52 pm

For homework problem 1.33, why is it that E = h is used in part b as opposed to the work function? Isn't the energy required to release the electron the same as the threshold energy, or ?

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Re: HW 1.33b

Postby mahika_nayak_3L » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:34 pm

Basically, because the electrons are simply ejected, it is reasonable to assume that the work function (energy only needed to remove an electron) is equal to the energy of the photon (E photon = hv). By setting these E photon = work function, you can substitute hv and solve from there for the energy of the photon needed to remove the electron.

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Re: HW 1.33b

Postby clamond3F » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:56 pm

because you are looking for the exact energy needed to eject the electron and no more, solve the equation
(Energy of photon) - (work function) = (Electron Kinetic Energy)
with kinetic energy = 0 so you're essentially solving for when (Energy of Photon) = (work function). Therefore you can solve the problem by substituting hv for the work function because (Energy of photon = hv).

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