Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays


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Silvia Huang 3D
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Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Silvia Huang 3D » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:49 pm

Hw questions 1.23 The y-ray photons emitted by the nuclear decay of a technetium-99 atom used in radiopharmaceuticals have an energy of 140.511 keV. Calculate the wavelength of these y-rays. I have no idea how to start this question... help please !! :)

Mariam Ghattas 2L
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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Mariam Ghattas 2L » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:00 pm

In order for us to calculate the wavelength of the y rays given the the energy we will need to use a combined version of these two equations
and c=
1st step is to look at the information given
we are given the energy but it is in KeV units we need to convert that to eV then to joules since energy is measured in joules for both equations needed for this problem
Kilo means 1000 of whatever unit is used. so in this case we multiply 140.511*10^3
conversion factor for eV to joules is 1eV=1.6022*10^{-19} J

since we now know the energy in joules we can combine the equations mentioned in the begining of the posts in order to get the wave length
equation. we will use

Silvia Huang 3D
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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Silvia Huang 3D » Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:14 pm

Thank you very much!! I forgot that keV can be converted to joules... >_<

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Mariam Ghattas 2L » Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:16 pm

you are welcome , I hope my explanation helped :)

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Nina Do 4L » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:15 pm

Hi,

First I converted the given keV to eV. I did that by multiplying 140.511 by 1000 and got 140511 eV. Then I used that and multiplied it by 1.602*10^-19 J because that is how many joules per eV. That gave me 2.251x10^-14 J for my energy. Then I set that equal to the (E=hc/lambda) equation to find wavelength. After some rearranging to get lambda alone, I'd then solve (hc/2.251x10^-19) which led to my answer of 883 nm. Hope that helped!

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Hadji Yono-Cruz 2L » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:08 pm

Ahhh thank you for the explanation.

Dakota Walker 1L
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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Dakota Walker 1L » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:45 pm

How do you get the value for c in this equation?

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Dakota Walker 1L » Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:51 pm

also how do you convert the 10^-12 answer into nm

Ashley Osorio
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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Ashley Osorio » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:00 pm

He got the value c from the speed of light.

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Sean Cheah 1E » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:30 pm

Dakota Walker 1L wrote:also how do you convert the 10^-12 answer into nm

As stated above, the answer to your first question is that c in this case simply represents the speed of light, which is a constant that is approximately equal to m/s. To convert from m to nm, simply multiply by the conversion factor . The solution posted by Mariam above converts to the more sensible unit of pm, in which case you'd just multiply by the conversion factor .

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Camille 4I » Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:04 am

How do you change the answer value in meters to pm? The answer in the back of the book is in pm.

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Re: Given the energy, calculate the wavelength of y-rays

Postby Camille 4I » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:42 pm

Also,
does the fact that the radiation consists of y-ray photons matter in this situation?


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